Friday, June 8, 2012

Roseate Skimmer

The many ponds at the Estero Llano Grande State Park, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, make the location excellent for dragonflies. During the cool, windy March that we visited the area, we only saw a few odonates, including this female Roseate Skimmer. This species is common across much of the southern United States, south through Chile. One reason this dragonfly enjoys such a wide range is that it is tolerant of a wide range of habitats. This skimmer lays eggs in a variety of aquatic habitats, sometimes even in very small pools. Aggressive hunters, Roseate Skimmers will take prey almost as large as themselves.

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