Dragonflies have such delightful common names.
If you have ever seen dragonflies flying over a pond, you know why many have the common name “skimmer.”
Take the flame skimmer, so called because the mature males have a orange to red head and abdomen. This newly-emerged male hasn’t developed his full coloration yet.
The male roseate skimmer has a magenta or purplish hue.
Other dragonflies named for their colors include the Mexican amberwings, which are smaller than flame skimmers.
The name darner seems appropriate, given their long, slender body.
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Take this common and widespread species, the green darner.
Here’s a list of other whimsical dragonfly names:
How about the black-winged dragonlet at the Arizona Dragonflies website?
What is the name of your favorite dragonfly?
Want to learn more? Consider picking up a field guide, such as Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies
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