Libellula pulchella (Twelve-spotted Skimmer)Large and obvious with a similar distribution in Vermont as that of Widow Skimmer (L. luctuosa), yet with more sites in the eastern half of the state, including the Northern and Southern piedmont regions. This mirrors its broader distribution in the eastern portion of North America compared to Widow Skimmer. Lakes and ponds, including constructed farm ponds with emergent vegetation often host this hearty species. Despite its propensity to patrol a regular beat with frequent stops to perch at the apex of emergent or pondside vegetation, Twelve-spotted Skimmer can be deft in its ability to avoid capture.

Conservation Status

State: S5
Global: G5

Flight Period

May 29 – September 8

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Vermont Distribution