One of the larger and easy to recognize dragonfly is the twelve-spotted skimmer. These dragons are common through out the lower 48 states and up into southern Canada. They are usually found around ponds, lakes or other slow moving bodies of water. They are named for the 12 brown spots on the wings, 3 on each of the 4 wings. This picture was taken in August at Crex Meadows. At first glance I believed that this was a female, because males usually have a powdery white substance called pruinose which covers most of their abdomen. Since this one is missing the pruinose it definitely can not be a mature male. However their are white spots in between the brown on the wings, which is rare to see in females, so it is most likely an immature male.