dragonfly and moth
Thought you might like these shots of (what I believe is) a flame skimmer dragonfly (taken in Jamestown, Va in mid August) & a great leopard moth (taken in Elverson, Pa in late June) Keep up the good work, I have found your site invaluable in identifying insects & arachnids in my travels!
We are posting your image, but we are not convinced it is of the Flame Skimmer, which is a Western species. We have to confess, Dragonfly identification often baffles us. We believe this looks most like a species introduced to this country from Australia, the Scarlet Skimmer, Crocothemis servilia. All reports on BugGuide are from Florida (though an unconfirmed report from Tennessee is mentioned) but perhaps it is moving north. We eagerly welcome anyone who can confirm or deny this identification..
Correction: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 1:44 AM
If I may, I think it is rather a Needham’s Skimmer (Libellula needhami). Crocothemis look stouter with a rather broad abdomen, without those black marking on the top of the abdomen.
I hope this helps,