Roseate skimmer

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Roseate Skimmer
Roseate Skimmer perched on a twig (August 2003).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthemis
Species: O. ferruginea
Binomial name
Orthemis ferruginea
(Fab., 1775)

The Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) is a species dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is native to the Americas, where its distribution extends from the United States to Brazil. It is common and widespread.[1] It is an introduced species in Hawaii.[2]

The male of the species has a rose pink and red abdomen. The female has an orange-brown abdomen with clear orange veins and a brownish thorax with a light stripe down the back. The wings are normally clear except for brown pterostigmata at the leading edges.

It tolerates a wide range of habitat types, but usually requires open water. This can include disturbed and artificial water bodies, such as tanks and ditches. It can live in open or vegetated land. It breeds in mud.[1]


  1. ^ a b Paulson, D. R. 2009. Orthemis ferruginea. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Downloaded on 22 July 2013.
  2. ^ Orthemis ferruginea. Waipi'o Valley Stream Restoration Study. Bishop Museum. 2010.