Male Flame Skimmer?
Location: Hawthorne, California
May 12, 2012 4:44 pm
Well, the bugs are back! After two Anna’s hummingbird nests (same mother) in the front this year and more than a few Black Headed Grosbeaks in back (still visiting and most unusual for here) – Marty spotted this dragonfly on the cigar plants in back. I think I have it correctly identified as a male Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata). The shot of it’s underside is a bit washed out because it was in such heavy shade. Can you please confirm? I know you just love dragonfly id requests!
Signature: Thanks, Anna
We are thrilled to get a new submission from you. While we agree that this appears to be a Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata, we are more inclined to identify it as a female. The BugGuide description on separating the sexes reads: “males bright orange with amber color in the wings covering half the width of the wing, out to the nodus, and all the way to the rear of the hind wing. Females paler but still with some amber at least on the leading edge of the wing.”
Thanks very much and yes, I do see the difference between the male and female. Should have known! Hope all is well with you. I’m glad to see the bugs back again. The front feels so empty now that I don’t have hummer nests & little blind, bald babies to photograph.