Photo of the Week – September 12, 2011

Eight–Spotted Skimmer devouring a bee
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Olympia, Washington
September 12, 2011

The Eight-Spotted Skimmer is a common dragonfly of the Puget Sound region of Washington. It can be found at elevations from sea level to 3000 feet and is seen from late spring until early October.

For more information on dragonflies and damselflies, you may want to check out Dennis Paulson's field guide entitled Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West is the first fully illustrated field guide to all 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in western North America.