Male Flame Skimmer Dragonfly – Libellula saturata

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I drove up north into Box Elder County yesterday to look for birds to photograph and I found some but I also found other things with wings including a gorgeous male Flame Skimmer dragonfly.

Male Flame Skimmer Dragonfly in northern Utah, Box Elder CountyMale Flame Skimmer Dragonfly in northern Utah – Nikon D500, f8, 1/320, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I had been looking for a female Lazuli Bunting in a stand of small trees next to a gravel road, I’d had my lens on the bird but she disappeared into the center of the tree. I caught a flash of orange that drew my eye and watched as this male Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata) dragonfly landed on a branch not far from where I had parked my Jeep.

I took a series of photos of the dragonfly and noticed the bright red fruit in the background, I am not sure what the red fruit was because from my focus was on the dragonfly but I thought the red might be distracting so I turned my Jeep on and crept forward until I had another clear view of the dragonfly.

Back view of Flame Skimmer Dragonfly male, Box Elder County, UtahBack view of Flame Skimmer Dragonfly male – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

When I stopped my Jeep I had a nice view of the back of the Flame Skimmer’s orange abdomen and its wings. Flame Skimmers are native to western North America, they are also called Firecracker Skimmers.

I’m glad I didn’t ignore the opportunity to photograph this male Flame Skimmer, he really is a beautiful specimen.

Life is good.

Mia

12 Comments

  1. Sybill Reed July 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Sweetie! I so love you sharing the Skimmer! It is like one I took a few years back! But is Beautiful1 love mom

  2. Elephants Child July 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Super impressed at your eyesight. I doubt I would have seen that tiny flash of colour.
    And spectacular photos of the beauty too.

  3. Pepe Forte July 20, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I didn’t know dragonflies could be so beautiful. These images are rich with intricate detail and the colors are stunning. Great pic Mia…thanks.

  4. Marty K July 20, 2018 at 11:51 am

    He’s a beaut! Sexual dimorphism always fascinates me.

  5. sallie reynolds July 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Lovely photos. Be nice if you’d explain how you identify gender on your photos. A learning experience I’d like, and I’d think others would as well.

    • Mia McPherson July 20, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Females of this species are usually a medium or darker brown with some thin, yellow markings.

  6. Patty Chadwick July 20, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Like hummingbirds, dragonflies and damsels are like flying jewels…this one is a beauty…wonderful photos!!!

  7. Patty Chadwick July 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Like hummingbirds, dragonflies and damsels are like flying jewels…this one is a beauty…wonderful photos!!! And

  8. Bob mcpherson July 20, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Beautiful photos,. Mia

  9. Liz Cormack July 20, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Beautiful dragonfly. I’ve never seen one before.

  10. Tim Traver July 20, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Seeing your images of the dragonflies reminds me that I want to get to know the dragonflies around here. Always enjoy watching them around water. The children don’t know whether to be afraid at first or in awe. Awe is good! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Kathy July 20, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Indeed he is beautiful! That is one I’ve never seen! Fantastic capture!

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