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A Perfect Perch for a Dragonfly

A young male meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum, perches on a seed ball of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A perfect perch. A young male variegated meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum, found a perfect perch--a seed ball of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. It towered over the garden and so did he. Naturalist...

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Stalking the Red Flameskimmer

Red flameskimmer dragonfly perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Who doesn't love the red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata? If the Fourth of July had its own insect, it would be the firecracker red flameskimmer. It's so showy and eye-popping red that it almost looks patriotic. Or at least it should be...

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 5:46 PM

The Flameskimmers Are Back!

The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmers are back! We've been waiting for the new generation of flameskimmers, aka firecracker skimmers (Libellula saturata), to visit our yard after the long winter. On Sunday, a male flameskimmer did. It perched on a bamboo stake, soaked up...

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...

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

It's a bird, it's a plane... It's not Superman. It's a flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata). We spotted this dragonfly in our yard recently and crouched down for a low angle, framing it against the sky. This is one insect that everyone notices...

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

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...

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

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