Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Red-tailed Skimmer

The Red-tailed Skimmer, Orthemis schmidti, is a widespread tropical species found in Central America through much of northern South America. We found this one in a wetland near the Laguna del Lagarto Lodge on 14 July 2017. Dragonflies looking identical to Red-tailed Simmers are also found in the Florida Keys. The South American dragonflies, however, have different mitochondrial DNA. Scientists don’t seem to know how to handle these populations—nor do they know their exact ranges (Paulson 2011 and pers. com).

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