The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook


Orthemis  ferruginea
"Roseate  Skimmer"

Orthemis ferruginea "Roseate Skimmer" of the Family Libellulidae. This is a beautiful skimmer with dazzling colors of metallic red and blue on the head, and lavender suffused with tangerine on the thorax and abdomen. Until 1901, this species was only known from a single specimen taken in Key West Florida in 1864. It is now known to live along the Pecos, Gila, and Rio Grande drainages of southern New Mexico, among other locales. It can be seen skimming above small freshwater streams that feed the Pecos River, and at sinkholes around Santa Rosa and Bottomless Lakes State Park. Its nymphs may be found in silty bottoms of shallow streams.

Click on images for larger image  


 New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook

New Mexico Dragonfly List   Chaves County, NM, Damselfly List     


Lincoln County, NM, Odonata List       ODONATA  LINKS

      SENMAS Home Page

This page created  3/19/2000
Orb Weavers
Webmaster KJ Herman  
kjherman@rt66.com