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Neon Skimmer  laying eggs - Libellula croceipennis - female

Neon Skimmer laying eggs - Libellula croceipennis - Female
Williamson County, Texas, USA
June 7, 2005
The female Neon Skimmer is a glowing honey-gold in the sunlight; this one is hovering over the water, about to lay eggs. She employs a "dip and scoop" technique, plunging her abdomen in the water, and then "scooping" droplets onto nearby vegetation or the bank (unfortunately, in this pond the "bank" is a stone coping. Later in the season, I watched another female laying eggs in the upper, streamlike part, and her "scoop" landed the eggs in vegetation growing between the stones there.)

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Neon Skimmer  laying eggs - Libellula croceipennis - female Neon Skimmer  laying eggs - Libellula croceipennis - female

Nice!
Elizabeth, what do you think of Chuck's 54289? Tough angle. Does it have enough amber in the wings to be Flame? or ... ???

 
You're right about the tough angle!
I can't tell, really. The very thing you need most to see, the wing-bases, to see if there's an amber streak that's darkened to brown there, isn't visible...at least, it would take someone more expert than me to tell which is just the leading edge of the wing, and dark for that reason, and which is a stripe darkening medially.

Flame and Neon overlap in southern California, so...I'm no help.

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