Friday, August 11, 2017

Carmine Skimmer

Dennis Paulson was disappointed in the relative lack of dragonfly habitat at the Villa Lapas eco-lodge. Enough species, however, flitted about to keep us entertained. This Carmine Slimmer defended a small puddle in a roadside tire track. The dragonfly zipped back and forth, making photography nearly impossible. The species is known to be an aggressive defender of its territory, which can be up to 30 feet long (Paulson).

“You know,” said Dennis, “we could provide it with a perch.” Dennis stuck a stick into the mud. Within a minute, the skimmer landed in front of us.  Carmine Skimmers range into south Texas, where their range is rapidly expanding. A couple of Arizona records also exist. This species ranges south to Argentina.

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