The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook

Libellula pulchella
"Twelve-spotted Skimmer"

Libellula pulchella "Twelve-spotted Skimmer" of the Family Libellulidae. This skimmer is one of the most beautiful and exquisitely marked dragonflies in New Mexico, with a dark chocolate-brown color that turns blue with age. Its wings are marked with twelve brown spots and ten white spots. This species is found around freshwater ponds and streams a common sight on the freshwater sinkholes around Santa Rosa and Bottomless Lakes State Park in Chaves County. The nymphs live at the bottom of sandy ponds and stream pools where there is plenty of aquatic vegetation. This is a wide-ranging skimmer in North America and is found in many counties throughout New Mexico.

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