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My Old Flame: Looking for Love or a Fast-Food Snack or a Little Sun

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Looking for love...or a fast-food snack...or a little sun... A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, is a sight to see. The males are fire-engine red or...

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:33 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Fire and Fury in a Pollinator Garden

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just call it "Fire and Fury in a Pollinator Garden." That would be the firecracker red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata. They fly into our pollinator garden in...

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, about to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, about to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, about to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A brisk breeze stirs the wings of a flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A brisk breeze stirs the wings of a flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A brisk breeze stirs the wings of a flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 4:16 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Meet Big Red, the Flameskimmer

A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. Note the nesting earwigs and bees in the split stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Big Red visited us for four consecutive days. The red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, zigged and zagged into our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. and...

A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. Note the nesting earwigs and bees in the split stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. Note the nesting earwigs and bees in the split stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. Note the nesting earwigs and bees in the split stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, sparkles in the sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, sparkles in the sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, sparkles in the sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Helicopter? No, a red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, glimmering in the sunlight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Helicopter? No, a red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, glimmering in the sunlight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Helicopter? No, a red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, glimmering in the sunlight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flameskimmer,Libellula saturata, in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A flameskimmer,Libellula saturata, in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A flameskimmer,Libellula saturata, in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Why That Ol' Flame Stakes Out the Back Yard

Red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes the red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) will let you approach it. Sometimes it's having a bad hair day or a bad predator/prey day or a...

Red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hmm, is this my best side? Red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hmm, is this my best side? Red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hmm, is this my best side? Red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) tries a new position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) tries a new position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The red flameskimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) tries a new position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late afternoon sun sets the red flameskimmer aglow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Late afternoon sun sets the red flameskimmer aglow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late afternoon sun sets the red flameskimmer aglow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Right Color, Wrong Species

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly checking out a red flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You never know what you'll see in your pollinator garden. That's why it's always a good idea to carry a camera with you, or you might miss a bit of drama. Not in drama...

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly checking out a red flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary butterfly checking out a red flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly checking out a red flameskimmer dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Closer and closer. The Gulf Frit heads straight for the flameskimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Closer and closer. The Gulf Frit heads straight for the flameskimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Closer and closer. The Gulf Frit heads straight for the flameskimmer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oops! You're not a prospective mate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oops! You're not a prospective mate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oops! You're not a prospective mate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 5:31 PM
 
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