Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Four-spotted Skimmer

Our first Four-spotted Skimmer of the year flew before we could photograph it. So I was glad to capture this individual on 20 May 2021 in our Olympia backyard. Few dragonflies are found in both hemispheres of the world, somewhat surprising given their abilities of flight. Four-spotted Skimmers are found across Canada, south to the central United States. The species also breeds across northern Eurasia, from Great Britain to Japan. Paulson (2019) notes that this dragonfly goes by different names across its range—Four-spotted Chaser (England), Four-spot (Germany), and Four-spotted Dragonfly (Russia).

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