Hanging the Night

Libellula pulchellaThis Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) was parked just off the path around 730pm, so I think it was roosting for the night. The black markings looked velvety in the light.Libellula pulchellaThis is a mature male. If you counted the white spots, too, he would be a twenty-spotted skimmer. To matters more confusing, this species used to be known as the Ten-spot… can you guess why?

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3 Responses to “Hanging the Night”


  1. 1 elwnyc August 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Only the white spots count?

    • 2 mthew August 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Seems they were counting the markings at the base of the wings as one going across the thorax, and hence 2 “spots” instead of four.

  2. 3 elwnyc August 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Ah! Higher math was always beyond me!


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