At first glance, you’ll notice how similar the coloring of this widow skimmer dragonfly is to the twelve-spotted dragonfly I posted yesterday. By looking closely at the pattern of black and white spots you can tell the difference. This particular widow skimmer is a male.
The twelve-spotted skimmer is named after the 3 black spots on each wing – for a total of 12 black spots. They are often seen perched on twigs by the water’s edge. This skimmer is a male.