The Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) is a large, obvious and fairly common dragonfly across the entire U.S. The male has three black patches on each wing; white patches develop between these black patches on mature individuals. Females have a brown thorax with yellow lateral stripes with similar wings to the male but lacking the white patches. I have a great macro lens, and I was able to get some amazing CLOSEUPS of this beauty, but I think this dragonfly is best appreciated if you zoom OUT, not IN, don’t you think? =)
I captured her in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ with my Nikon D3100 and the Nikon 85mm macro lens.