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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)
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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

General: Flame Skimmers (Libellula saturata) are active daytime fliers occasionally seen around ponds and slow waters around Las Vegas. Males are recognized by their overall orange color and red head. On the wings, the orange covers the inner half of the wing plus an additional orange line extending out the leading edge of the wing. Females are less colorful, but still have orange on the leading edge of the wing.

These active creatures are harmless to humans, but they are voracious predators of small flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes. The larvae, however, can provide a bit of a bite. There are some good places for Watching Dragonflies Around Las Vegas.

Taxonomy: Order Odonata, Suborder Anisoptera, Family Libellulidae.

Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata) Detail of wing. Notice the wing support structures -- very cool. In this species, the orange extends more than halfway out the wing (upper arrow) and comes all the way to the back edge of the wing (lower arrow).
Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)
Flame Skimmer mnale (bright colors)
Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)
Flame Skimmer female (dull colors)
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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