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Species Orthemis discolor - Carmine Skimmer

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Orthemis
Species discolor (Carmine Skimmer)
Other Common Names
Orange-bellied Skimmer
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
recently split (1995?) from Roseate Skimmer (O. ferruginea)
Brilliant pink, sometimes purplish, sometimes more red, with bright red eyes and face. Face and eyes typically as brightly colored or brighter than the body; compare to Roseate Skimmer, in which the eyes and face are usually darker than the body.
Central Texas, west into Arizona, south through Central America
Prefers still water with abundant shade, including temporary pools
Summer and fall in TX; has been photographed as early as mid-April and as late as mid-November in the LRGV. Year-round in tropics.
Found primarily around small wetlands with abundant shade; the similar and closely related O. ferruginea rarely overlaps and is found in mainly sunny areas.
Print References
Abbott 2005, Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas
Internet References