The four-spotted skimmer is an amber to brown colored dragonfly that is commonly found throughout most of Minnesota. They get their name from the two spots they have on each wing, a black spot at the nodus and a black stigma. With both wings this gives them four spots
Often found perched near water on vegetation well above the water line. Will also occasionally perch on the ground. Males are highly territorial and often guard from a perch where they can fly out to chase away any rivals or catch prey, including smaller dragonflies.
Lakes, ponds, boggy wetlands, marshes and slow streams. They prefer more acidic waters.
Mating takes place in flight. Females lay eggs by dipping their abdomen into the water. Clutches can contain up to 3000 eggs. Males often hover guard while females lay eggs.
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