Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Twelve-spotted Skimmer has three dark spots on each wing, ending in black at the wingtips. Adult males have chalky white spots between the dark spots and whitish abdomens. The female has a brown, gradually tapering abdomen with smooth yellow stripes on the sides. The female Common Whitetail has a similar wing pattern, but also has a saw-tooth side stripe and an abruptly tapering abdomen.
Twelve-spotted Skimmer male
Size: 52-57 mm (2.0-2.2 in)
Habitat: ponds, lakes and slow streams
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY. MT, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: late May to late August
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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