Male Flame Skimmers are known for their entirely red or dark orange body, this includes eyes, legs, and even wing veins. Females are usually a medium or darker brown with some thin, yellow markings. This particular type of skimmer varies in size but is generally measured somewhere between two and three inches long.
Warm ponds, streams, or hot springs, flame skimmers are found mainly in the southwestern part of the United States. They also make their homes in public gardens or backyards. This one was hanging around my veggie garden.
Adult skimmers usually feed on moths, flies, ants, or any other soft-bodied insect while waiting perched on a small rock or twig or while flying through the air. (which is probably why it was sitting so still on the tomato's stake (after perching on the lettuce that is going to seed)
Lat: 33.85, Long: -118.12
Spotted on Jun 13, 2012
Submitted on Jun 13, 2012
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