Libellula quadrimaculata (Four-spotted Skimmer)Tending to be more northern in its continental distribution, this species is more evenly distributed in Vermont than its congeners. A tolerance for acidic habitat most likely explains this wider pattern of occurrence. The “quad,” as it’s commonly dubbed in the field, is well represented in lakes, ponds, marshes and bogs across the state, including at high elevations in the Green Mountains. It is less likely than its congeners to be found in high numbers at the state’s numerous “Libellulid factories” – small, nutrient-rich ponds with emergent plants. This is the earliest flying member of its genus in Vermont.

Status: G5 N5 S5

Flight Period: May 9 – September 11

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