Male has mostly orange body. Very similar, if not indistinguishable in the field, from Needham's Skimmer. The latter is restricted to the coastal southeastern United States.
Gayle & Jeanell have just done some nice work figuring out the differences between needhami and auripennis, which can be found here
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Eastern United States, northern Mexico
Grassy ponds, ditches, slow streams
May to August in northeast, February to November in Florida
Predatory on flying insects
Foraging in fields, males perch at tips of plant stems, females perch at middle. At breeding ponds, males perch on tips of weeds or patrol along waters edge in a nervous fashion.
Giff Beaton's page on King Skimmers
, including Golden-winged and Needham's