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Don't You Just Love Those Dragonflies?

Red flame skimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Don't you just love those dragonflies? We watch them circle our fish pond, grab flying insects in mid-air, and then touch down on a bamboo stake in our yard to eat them. Some dragonflies stay for hours; others for what seems like half a second. Some let...

Red flame skimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Red flame skimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red flame skimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red-veined meadowhawk (Sympetrium madidum). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Red-veined meadowhawk (Sympetrium madidum). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red-veined meadowhawk (Sympetrium madidum). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Thankful for Insects

A honey bee heading for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Of the many things I'm thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for the millions of insects that populate our planet. Scientists have described more than a million species, but there may be 10 million more undescribed. I am thankful for...

A honey bee heading for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heading for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heading for a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail on a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western tiger swallowtail on a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail on a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flame skimmer dragonfly at rest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A flame skimmer dragonfly at rest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flame skimmer dragonfly at rest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 12:24 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...

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

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

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...

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

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