Orthemis ferruginea

Roseate Skimmer

Orthemis ferruginea, Roseate Skimmer


Family: Libellulidae

Length: 48 - 53 mm


These fearless hunters will tackle prey nearly as large as themselves. Males patrol a section of waterfront eight to twelve meters in length. Look for Orthemis ferruginea along sluggish streams, drainage ditches, ponds, and lakes.

Photo data: 27 November 2003. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, Texas.

The map below shows the countries that are home to Orthemis ferruginea in blue-green. For Mexico and the United States, state records are shown.

Range map for Orthemis ferruginea