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Species Crocothemis servilia - Scarlet Skimmer

Scarlet Skimmer? - Crocothemis servilia - female Dragonfly - Crocothemis servilia - female Scarlet Skimmer - Crocothemis servilia - male Male Scarlet Skimmer - Crocothemis servilia - male Red Dragonfly - Crocothemis servilia Scarlet Skimmer ? - Crocothemis servilia Dragonfly - red - Florida - Crocothemis servilia - male Crocothemis servilia
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Crocothemis (Skimmers)
Species servilia (Scarlet Skimmer)
Amber patch at the base of each hindwing; black stripe along the dorsal edge of the abdomen.
Native from southern Japan and China to northern Australia. Introduced accidentally to south Florida and to Oahu, Hawai'i.
In the US, typically uses low-quality wetlands, either artificially constructed or highly degraded, where low dissolved oxygen, introduced fish, or other alterations make the habitat unsuitable for sensitive native species.
One record from Chattanooga, Tennessee was not repeated in successive years and probably resulted from larvae in the roots of water plants being shipped north from Florida for the nursery trade, emerging in the new location, and failing to survive the winter.

Another record from Ohio was photographed at a nursery trading in aquatic plants, some of them shipped from Florida, so likely is another hitchhiker.