This vibrantly colored insect is native to western North America. It not only looks red hot, but it also prefers living around warm ponds or hot springs, making its name Flame Skimmer quite appropriate.
The USFWS Pacific Southwest Region states, "The Flame Skimmer may be our most conspicuous dragonfly – the one most likely to be seen and commented upon by the general public. It is large, bright orange-red, and males perch conspicuously over ponds and lakes."
With such brilliant coloring, no wonder it is so often spotted!
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