The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook

Libellula saturata
"Flame  Skimmer" or "Firecracker Skimmer"


Libellula saturata "Firecracker Skimmer," or "Flame Skimmer," of the Family Libellulidae, a bright orange-red skimmer with flame-red coloration extending out onto the wings. This skimmer is generally found around slow moving streams and small ponds with dense emergent vegetation. The nymphs are found living in the thick, black mud of pond bottoms and the still water of small streams. Found in most counties in New Mexico, the Firecracker Skimmer is the most unforgettable southwestern species because of its striking coloration.

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