Friday, July 25, 2014

Roseate Skimmer

This gray-sided dragonfly turns out to be a female Roseate Skimmer. We also found this species species in 2012 when we last visited Estero Llano Grande State Park in south Texas. This pose is typical for the species, which perch on twigs with their abdomens below the horizontal (Paulson).This author describes Roseate Skimmer copulation as aerial, and lasting only some 10 seconds. Females either deposit their eggs directly into the water or splash water onto adjacent banks.

Visiting this park later in the spring or summer would probably yield a great number of dragonflies. The park consists of a network of wetlands, ideal for both insects and birds.

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