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Scarlet Skimmers

Scarlet Skimmers

genus: Crocothemis

Scarlet Skimmers

One genus known to North America. This medium size skimmer upon maturity becomes entirely red in coloration with a black dorsal strip running down it's abdomen

Females and juveniles males have a pale yellowish-brow  thorax with a white shoulder stripe and white area between the two wings, the abdomen is also yellow with a black dorsal stripe.  Each hind-wing has a small faint basal spot to it.

This is a classy bug as the photograph displays and a favorite of many because of it's red iridescent coloring.

The Scarlet Skimmer can frequently been seen flying over lakes, ditches, canals and slow moving streams perching frequently on vegetation.

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