Neon Skimmer
Libellula croceipennis

Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennisThe books all say that dragonflies are found near water.  But they also patrol lawns and parking lots.  Even a small lawn far from the nearest pond may attract dragonflies occasionally.  It is difficult to get good pictures of dragonflies in flight.  This neon skimmer perched on a branch long enough for me to get my camera.  The white stripe on its back is a key characteristic.

Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennisHere is the side view of the neon skimmer. Mostly it appeares to be a dull orange color.

Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennisWith a little change in the lighting, it becomes clear why this skimmer is called "neon".

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