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Eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This striking dragonfly draws attention from its flashy wing pattern -- highly visible from a distance -- instead of bright colors.   These were patrolling a small pond in the midst of extensive sagebrush and saltbrush flats near Mono Lake, California, and at Bear River Refuge in Utah.

  • Canon 1D MK. II or 1D4; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, extension tubes, fill-in flash (2006, 2012, 2013)