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Comanche skimmer (Libellula comanche)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Comanche skimmers are elegant dragonflies of the southwest.   Males (shown here) have bright white 'spangles' (stigmas) near the tips of the wings; these seem to sparkle when the animal flies.   The photos were taken along a dirt road at the west end of the Salton Sea in extreme southern California.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter and extension tubes or 100-400 IS zoom lens, fill-in flash (2011, 2016)