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Roseate skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This very distinctive dragonfly is a resident of the southern US and Mexico.   Its range barely reaches the deserts of southern California, where I photographed these specimens on some vegetation at the bank of a pond in Palm Desert, in the Imperial Vally, near the Salton Sea, and in Desert Center, all in southern California.   Males are beautifully magenta-pink and blue; females are much less colorful but have a distinct complex pattern on the thorax (mostly males are shown here).

  • Canon 1D MK. II, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X extender or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender and extension tubes, or Sigma 150 mm f2.8 macro lens with 1.4X extender; fill-in flash (2006, 2010, 2012, 2015)