Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
Male


Roseate Skimmer

I was looking for insects in Tonaquint Park and my eyes just automatically focused on some twigs below on
which sat this beautiful Skimmer. This species of Dragonfly is a first for me. As you can see,
his wings are
pristine and he's kind of a lavender color. The really weird thing about him was
how he was seated on the twig.
Instead of attaching to it and letting his abdomen hang like so many
dragonflies do, this one was lying parallel
along the branch and the bottom of the branch was pointed away from
me. It looked like he would have to really
 struggle to keep his abdomen from naturally hanging down.
These are supposedly found only in the southern
 half of the U. S. and in Utah only in the Southwest corner. I still don't know how I ever spotted this beauty.
 © Carol Davis 9-21-2015

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