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Twelve-spotted Skimmer, male | by Vicki's Nature
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Twelve-spotted Skimmer, male

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These guys fly by flashing a blur of spots at you! I thought it was a Prince Baskettail at first - they flash spots too - and they NEVER land. I turned to head over to a Halloween Pennant when I was stunned to see this 12-spotted Skimmer perched on this dried weed. I had never seen one up close before ... last Fall one buzzed by me in a spotted blur and that's the only other one I've ever seen! I bet they're migrants. He posed for me endlessly letting me get right on top of him. I'll post close-ups another day.

 

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Taken on September 14, 2008