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  Roseate Skimmer - Spare Wing
Dragonfly
5.20" x 1.80" wings
06408RSW

Price: $4.95
 
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Orthemis Ferruginea, North America and Mexico

The Roseate Skimmer dragonfly is from the Family Libellulidae and the male of the species has a rose pink and red/maroon colored abdomen. Youngsters have a bright pinkish or purple abdomen and when they are mature adults their thorax will develop a pale bluish tint. The females of the species have orange-brown abdomens with clear orangish veins and a brownish thorax with a light stripe down back. The wings are normally clear except for the narrow brown tips at the edges. The juveniles are brown initially in both sexes with pale stripes as well as the abdomen being uniformly brown.

Males use their abdomens to ward off intruding males by bending the tip of their rear downwards. They pursue females in flight and when mating takes place it lasts for an average of only 10 seconds. Oviposition (egg laying, female egg positioning) by females takes an average of 1-3 minutes and is done by her flicking of the eggs as water droplets along the shoreline. The male guards the female during this time, often hovering close to her and bending the abdomen down and doing flybys at right angles to potential threats such as when numerous competing males are trying to establish territory and mate.

It wasn't until 1901 that this species had accumulated more than one specimen on the official record, taken in Key West Florida, 1864. It has a beautiful dazzling metallic red and blue head with a tangerine colored thorax and abdomen. It is now known to live along the water drainages of southern New Mexico, Pecos, Gila, and Rio Grande, among other regions. It can be seen skimming above small freshwater streams where its nymphs are found in the silty bottoms of shallow streams that feed larger rivers and sinkholes especially in the state parks with lakes.

It behaves like many other species of Libellula by foraging at the top of tall vegetation and it is an aggressive predator that takes insects that are just slightly smaller than itself. Males will vigorously patrol regular territories averaging 10 miles in diameter. This dragonfly species is widespread and seems to invade new habitats and readily expand the range of its known habitats such as ponds, lakes, temporary pools, canals found throughout the New World tropics, that includes the Bahamas and the West Indies and Hawaii. They are also distributed in North America in the United States, Central America all the way south to Chile with watersheds specifically in Arkansas, Brazos, Canadian, Cimarron, Colorado, Guadalupe, Mississippi, Neches, Nueces, San Jacinto, Trinity, Ouachita, Red, Rio Grande, Sabine, and San Antonio.

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