Monday, May 4, 2015

Roseate Skimmer

One of the most common dragonflies at the Gilbert Water Ranch these days is the Roseate Skimmer.  The color of the male shows aptness of the name:

A male Roseate Skimmer resting on its favorite perch.

The female is more cryptically colored, as one would expect.  Here's an example:

A female Roseate Skimmer at the Gilbert Water Ranch.

Notice the large "flange" near the tip of the abdomen.  This is where the eggs come out!

Here's a group of three Roseates, two females and one male, just hanging out near Roseate Bay.  The male is the one at the bottom, lacking a flange.

It's interesting to be able to see so many of these dragonflies of different sex and at different stages of maturation all in one compact location.

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