Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

Male Red-Veined Darter, Nomad, Dragonfly

A wandering dragonfly pauses to mock:
“Catch me if you can,” he seems to say.
“I’m a loner, the cardinal of dragonflies,
“You won’t spot me again, if I have my way!”

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This dragonfly was spotted in the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California. Best I can tell, he is a mature male Flame SkimmerΒ dragonfly. He looks a lot like the European Red-Veined Darter or Nomad dragonfly. I have a Scarlet Cardinal living in my yard, and his black eyes often find me in my garden. This dragonfly reminded me of him, even when I was 3,000 miles from home.

39 thoughts on “Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

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  2. He’s a very bright dragon fly, almost looks like a goldfish in that bush! πŸ™‚ I saw a dragonfly yesterday, don’t see too many of them in the UK, and they always seem to be sparkly green. They tend to frighten me a bit, I know they won’t hurt anyone, but the speed they fly at – phew, alarming! 😯


  3. I had my first red Dragonfly last year as well as 2 purples ones that were breathtakingly gorgeous…
    Wonderful (accurate) words of your Dragonfly πŸ™‚
    Take Care…You Matter…


      • I have been too…(seeing the world differently)
        I worked for over an our to get a picture, I finally got one, its blurry and the purple is not nearly as vibrant as it was eye to eye…
        I finally have decided if I get a photo …fine…if not, I will just enjoy observing for my pleasure …


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