Neon Skimmer
( Libellula croceipennis )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Libellula croceipennis
(Selys ,1868 )
Common Name:Neon Skimmer
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Odonata
Suborder:Anisoptera
Family:Libellulidae
Genus:Libellula
Taxon Code:ODO01344
ITIS/TSN:101909

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Mendocino County, Mendocino County, 5401 Canyon Rd., Willits
County:Mendocino County
ECI Site#:CA23942300

RECOGNITION
Recognition
"Males bright red with amber wing color only covering a quarter of the wing, halfway to the nodus, and not all the way back to the rear edge of the hind wing. Female paler and with essentially clear wings."
Description
Males bright red with amber wing color only covering a quarter of the wing, halfway to the nodus, and not all the way back to the rear edge of the hind wing. Female paler and with essentially clear wings.
Body Length
54-59 mm.

BIOLOGY
Females lay eggs in standing or slow-moving water by dipping the tip of the abdomen and scooping drops of water, with eggs, onto algal mats or emergent or streamside vegetation. Females are not clasped by males during egglaying, which typically takes place in midday (late morning through early afternoon.)
Ecosystem
Slow streams, ponds. Neon Skimmers prefer shaded moving water when there's a choice of sites, but males will defend ponds as well. Males are typically found near water, defending territory vigorously early in the season, and perching more often later. Females appear at water to lay eggs. Perching sites for males include bushes, trees (both overhanging water, and near water), and strong emergent vegetation; perching height is usually one to five feet above water, most commonly 1-3 feet. They will perch on horizontal, slanted, or vertical twigs/branches/stems.
Range
Southwest: Southern California, Arizona, Texas, eastern New Mexico.
Flight Period
April through November

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Libellula croceipennis - Neon Skimmer. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/36801). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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