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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, or 1D4, 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)