Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

Also known as the ten-spot skimmer, the twelve-spotted skimmer is a common species of skimmer (Libellulidae) that occurs in southern Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Like other dragonflies this species is a predator and will feed on other flying insects. Libellula pulchella is primarily active during the summer and often inhabits ponds, lakes, streams, and other bodies of water.


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Images: astronomy-to-zoology and D. Gordon E. Robertson


Scarlet Dwarf (Nannophya pygmaea

Also known as the Northern Pygmyfly or the “Tiny Dragonfly”, N.pygmaea is a small species of Libellulid dragonfly that ranges from Southeast Asia to China and Japan, it also occurs in parts of Australia. The scarlet dwarf is one of the smallest species of dragonfly that is known to science with a wingspan of only 20mm. Scarlet dwarves typically inhabit grassy swamps and other wet areas and are active at noon. Like some other odonates they typically assume a handstand-like position, this prevents them from overheating on hot days as they receive less radiation.



Image(s): Alpsdake

Crimson-tailed Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum pruinosum)

….a species of skimmer (Libellulidae) which is widely distributed throughout parts of Asia. Occurring from west India to Japan south through Java and the Sunda Islands. Like other dragonflies, crimson-tailed marsh hawks are active predators, catching a wide range of insects in flight. 


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Image: Jeevan Jose


Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

…a species of pennant (Libellulidae) that occurs in eastern and central US, it has also been observed in Ontario as well. Like most dragonflies the Halloween pennant frequents ponds, fields, and marshes and feeds mainly on other insects which are caught on the wing. They are typically only active during summer, except in Florida where they are active all year long.

Like other odonates C. eponina is sexually dimorphic with males possessing pink wing veins/abdominal spots and females possessing yellow wing veins/abdominal spots.


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Images: Ken Slade and Bob McPherson