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Rock Skimmer


genus: Paltothemis

Rock Skimmers

palothemis.jpgOnly one species is classified in this genus and is medium in size.  The thorax is olive brown in coloration and the abdomen is patterned with rusty red and black.  The inner wings show a rusty red coloration near the nodus and the stigmas are dark. This Skimmer has broad hindwings adapted for gliding. Face and eyes rusty red.

Females thorax is tan with brown, also with a patterned abdomen. Unlike the male Rock Skimmer, the female has no red color to the wings or body.

Rock skimmers can be found perched on rocks in small mountain streams in oak and pine forests or just flittering about over shorelines or making short patrolling flights low over the water.


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