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An Old Flame (Skimmer)

Flame skimmer perched on a tomato-plant stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotta love those flame skimmers. It's a joy to watch these firecracker-red dragonflies (Libellula saturata) make their presence known. They dart over our fish pond, snatch an insect, and then perch on a tomato-plant stake to eat it. Last year another...

Flame skimmer perched on a tomato-plant stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flame skimmer perched on a tomato-plant stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flame skimmer perched on a tomato plant-stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of flame skimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of flame skimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of flame skimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

How to Tame Your Dragonfly

Flame skimmer perched on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

For at least three days, he visited our yard.He swooped over our fish pond and swimming pool and returned each time to perch on a tomato stake in the vegetable garden. We nicknamed him "Big Red." Big Red?  Actually, a flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula...

Flame skimmer perched on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flame skimmer perched on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flame skimmer perched on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flame skimmer outlined against the sky. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flame skimmer outlined against the sky. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flame skimmer outlined against the sky. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of flamer skimmer with native bee in his mouth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of flamer skimmer with native bee in his mouth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of flamer skimmer with native bee in his mouth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM

A Firecracker of a Dragonfly

Flame skimmer (Libellula saturata) rests on a tomato stake after hunting prey over a fish pond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You can't miss the flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata). You especially can't miss the male, which is firecracker red. We watched a male flame skimmer hunt for prey over our fish pond Saturday afternoon. (Hopefully, it was nailing mosquitoes!)...

Flame skimmer (Libellula saturata) rests on a tomato stake after hunting prey over a fish pond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flame skimmer (Libellula saturata) rests on a tomato stake after hunting prey over a fish pond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flame skimmer (Libellula saturata) rests on a tomato stake after hunting prey over a fish pond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:28 PM

A Flamin' Dragonfly

Flame Skimmer

Dragonflies occasionally hang around our fish pond to catch flying insects, such as flies and mosquitoes.Last weekend a gorgeous flame skimmer swooped down in our garden--a few yards from our fish pond--and landed on a bamboo stake.She absolutely glowed...

Flame Skimmer
Flame Skimmer

FLAME SKIMMER lands on a bamboo stake in a vegetable garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up Close
Up Close

FLAME SKIMMER perches on a bamboo stake, ready to lift off again to catch flying insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dragonfly Head
Dragonfly Head

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU--Dragonfly eyes contain some 30,000 individual lenses. They are equipped with a 360-degree field of vision. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Light My Fire

Something buggy here

There they sat, a row of jack o'lanterns ready for a light. Undergraduate students at the University of California, Davis, created them for the "Happy Halloween" open house, held Oct. 23 at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, 1124 Academic...

Something buggy here
Something buggy here

SOMETHING BUGGY HERE: These jack o'lanterns cast an eerie glow: a butterfly, honey bee and a dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee a Pumpkin
Bee a Pumpkin

BEE A PUMPKIN--This jack o'lantern drew a lot of interest at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's "Happy Halloween" open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 4:33 PM

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