Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea (Fabricius, 1775)  

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Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) is a colorful skimmer species of much of the southeast. It occurs at a variety of ponds or lakes, or even ditches, provided there is a muddy substrate (Paulson, 2011). This species has been recorded as a vagrant in Maryland. Two males were recorded in Howard Co. in 1999, and one was photographed (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). Another was documented in Baltimore County in August 2017. There's also a record of a male from the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. from 1998. This species has been found sporadically into northern Virginia, and occasional dispersing individuals may occur in the future in Maryland.

There are 15 records in the project database.

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A Roseate Skimmer in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/13/2017). Photo by Mike Hudson. (MBP list)

A Roseate Skimmer in Howard Co., Maryland (7/18/1999). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

A Roseate Skimmer in Howard Co., Maryland (7/18/1999). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

A Roseate Skimmer in Hidalgo Co., Texas (4/1/2006). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

A Roseate Skimmer in Hidalgo Co., Texas (4/1/2006). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

A Roseate Skimmer in Fort Pierce, Florida (8/20/2017). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)


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