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Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
Prior to 2004, this species had the common name of Orange-bellied Skimmer. It is now called Carmine Skimmer. It is quite similar to Roseate Skimmer, but has a brighter red face and eyes. In some cases, in-hand ID may be necessary to separate these similar species, especially in the tropics where the differences illustrated by some of the images here are not as great..

Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Santa Gertrudis Creek
Santa Gertrudis Division
King Ranch, Kleberg Co., Texas
15 October 2003
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Santa Gertrudis Creek
Santa Gertrudis Division
King Ranch, Kleberg Co., Texas
15 October 2003
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Santa Gertrudis Creek
Santa Gertrudis Division
King Ranch, Kleberg Co., Texas
15 October 2003
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Santa Gertrudis Creek
Santa Gertrudis Division
King Ranch, Kleberg Co., Texas
15 October 2003
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Santa Gertrudis Creek
Santa Gertrudis Division
King Ranch, Kleberg Co., Texas
15 October 2003
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Santa Gertrudis Creek
Santa Gertrudis Division
King Ranch, Kleberg Co., Texas
15 October 2003
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Santa Ana NWR
Hidalgo Co., Texas
11 October 2004
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Guadalupe River, Independence Park,
Gonzales, Gonzales Co., Texas
24 August 2005
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve
ca. 25 km S of Iquitos,
Departmento de Loreto,
Peru
29 July 2006
03.9527 S
073.4141 W
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve
ca. 25 km S of Iquitos,
Departmento de Loreto,
Peru
29 July 2006
03.9527 S
073.4141 W
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
young male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female above, young male below
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
young male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
26 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
young male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
28 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
28 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
28 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
28 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
young male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
30 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
30 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
30 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
30 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
30 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
30 August 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Richard Moya Park,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Roseate Skimmer (right)
Orthemis ferruginea
and Carmine Skimmer (left)
Orthemis discolor
near Pearsall,
Frio Co., Texas
29 June 2006
Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
male (right)
compared with
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male (left)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
male (left)
compared with
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male (right)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
male (left)
compared with
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male (right)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
male (left)
compared with
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male (right)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
male (left)
compared with
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male (right)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
male (above)
compared with
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male (below)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
15 September 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
26 October 2007
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Rancho Primavera,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
5 April 2014
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Camino La Bascula,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
10 April 2014

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Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Rancho Primavera,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
12 April 2014
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Rancho Primavera,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
12 April 2014
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Lockhart City Park,
Lockhart,
Caldwell Co., Texas
22 September 2016
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
female
Lockhart City Park,
Lockhart,
Caldwell Co., Texas
22 September 2016
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Lockhart City Park,
Lockhart,
Caldwell Co., Texas
22 September 2016
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Lockhart City Park,
Lockhart,
Caldwell Co., Texas
22 September 2016
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
Lockhart City Park,
Lockhart,
Caldwell Co., Texas
22 September 2016
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
young male
National Butterfly Center,
Mission,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
5 July 2017
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
above
Roseate Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea
below
both males
National Butterfly Center,
Mission,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
5 July 2017
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
male
National Butterfly Center,
Mission,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
5 July 2017
Carmine Skimmer
Orthemis discolor
young male
San Marcos River,
ca 3 mi W of Luling,
Caldwell Co., Texas
28 July 2017