Home | What's New | About Martin | Contact | Can I use these Images? | General Links |
 Gulls | Other Birds: Identification | Other Birds: Interesting/Unusual | Dragonflies | Butterflies | Other Wildlife | Scenics | Places
Dragonfly Links |

Orthemis discolor - Carmine Skimmer (previously known as Orange-bellied Skimmer):

Update May 19, 2007: Added pics from yesterday of a male from San Jacinto county - a significant range extension - at the bottom
Update June 07 2005: Added pics from yesterday showing a female throwing an egg-droplet - at the bottom
Update Aug 20, 2004: Added close-up pics of a juvenile male from Medina County, to the bottom of the page
Update Aug 18, 2004: Added pics of a female from Gonzales County, to the bottom of the page.

At the Halff Brothers Ranch, close to the Frio River c.5 miles WNW of Pearsall, Frio County, Texas on July 21 2004:

This juvenile male was at the Santa Ana NWR Butterfly Garden on Aug 7, 2004:

This mature male was at the Santa Ana NWR HQ ornamental pond on Aug 7, 2004:

here it is on the right stem, with a male Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea and Pin-tailed Pondhawk Erythemis plebja on the left stem. This discolor and the next individual below were both seen perching within inches of male ferruginea, and in such comparisons the smaller size of the discolor was readily apparent:

This mature male was at the Santa Ana NWR HQ large pond (at the end of the HQ Pond Trail) on Aug 8, 2004:

Update Aug 18, 2004: pics of a female from Independence Park, Gonzales County, August 16, 2004; this individual was caught and examined in the hand, then released - the "belly" was gingery-orange without the dark lateral marks inward of the pale sutures that is found on ferruginea:

Update Aug 20, 2004: A juvenile male from near the Medina River at Rio Medina, Medina County on August 19 2004; two females were also seen at this location:

Until recently the common name was Orange-bellied Skimmer, and below you can see the orange "belly" (the ventral portion of the thorax rear of the leg attachments); on O. ferruginea this area is creamy or off-white. John Abbott has noted that one specific reliable difference is that on ferruginea there is a dark, blackish smudge on the sides of the belly just inside the pale sutures (the area bounded by the the tips of the two lines labelled "A" in the pic below) - on discolor there is no darkening on the belly:

Update June 07 2005: I got some lucky shots of this female showing the detail of its egg-laying process, from The Halff Brothers Ranch in Frio County:-
Here she's getting prepared:

This shot shows how deeply she plunges her abdomen into the water:

And here you can see her having just propelled a water droplet containing eggs (see white line) towards the bank:

- an enlargement showing the droplet and her abdomen - still dripping eggs, I think:

From Big Creek Scenic Area, San Jacinto county, on May 18, 2007: