Eight-spotted Skimmer

One of the great things about backyard gardening, especially in an urban/semi-urban setting, is the different kinds of wildlife that turns up. We’ve got four raised beds in our small garden and the flowers and vegetables attract a whole host of insects and birds.

The insects that are attracted to the flowers and water sources in the garden attract predators as well. Earlier this August, an Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) showed up in our garden and stayed for a couple of hours. It perched on some of the plant stalks and sticks in the garden like the Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) that stopped in in June.

Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)
An Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) stops in to visit our semi-urban backyard garden.

The flight period for the Eight-spotted Skimmer is from early May through to October. It is an easy to identify dragonfly – simply count the number of black “spots” on the wings. If it’s got eight you’ve got a Eight-spotted Skimmer. Males tend to have a blue-grey abdomen, which becomes more noticeable as they age. Hopefully, it will visit again in the fall!