Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella

The females, as in this individual, are marked with a striking brown and yellow patterning. The wings have three dark marks on each wing. They lack the silver spots of the male. They have straight yellow lines along the abdomen which in the Common Whitetail are broken. The Whitetail female is much less yellow. And has a different flight style. The other skimmer females lack the multiple spots in the eastern US.

Shot showing full wing spotting and the straight yellow line on the abdomen.

Female in hand showing the thoracic colors.

Male on his display perch showing the contrasting white and black spots and the blue abdomen.