Roseate Skimmer

COMMON NAME: Roseate Skimmer
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Orthemis ferruginea
FAMILY: Libellulidae
ORDER: Odonata


In an unusual act of kindness, this dragonfly perched on the barbed wire fence out back and waited patiently for me to put my macro lens on my camera and to take a couple dozen shots in close proximity. The one and only time I was given such a generous opportunity.

Roseate Skimmer. July 13, 2012. Click to enlarge.

In an unusual act of kindness, this dragonfly perched on the barbed wire fence out back and waited patiently for me to put my macro lens on my camera and to take a couple dozen shots in close proximity. The one and only time I was given such a generous opportunity.

I’ve yet to have another sighting and picture-taking opportunity of this species, although it’s a common southern dragonfly. This one is a male — the females have an orange-brown abdomen.


Roseate skimmer rear view, better focus on the abdomen.

Roseate Skimmer rear view. 13 Jul 2012. Click to enlarge.

This view affords a sharper focus on the abdomen and wing tips.


A Few Details About This Species:

Range – Widespread in North America in the U.S., also Central and South America

Habitat – It tolerates a wide range of habitats but usually requires open water, which can include artificial water bodies such as tanks and ditches.

Diet – It forages the tops of tall vegetation and feeds on insects not much smaller than itself.

Other – The male has a rose pink and red abdomen, while the female as an orange-brown one. It breeds in mud.


More Information About This Species At:

Coachwhip:
– Wikipedia
Bugguide.net
Entomon.net
Greg Lasley (beautiful male and female photos)


Related Links on this site:

– All Dragonfly Posts
Dragonflies and Damsels Index


 

 

 

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