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Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
The Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus) is a dragonfly of the southwestern United States and Mexico. In the U.S. it is found in south and west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The species usually perches on the ground or on rocks in and near stream beds. It is a striking species as it flies up and down a stream bed in front of an observer. The shots here were taken in the Chinati Mountains of Presidio Co., Texas in September 2004 with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300 mm F/4 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 550 EX flash.
The female Filigree Skimmer in the two shots shown here was at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves Co., Texas, in September, 2006. It was photographed with the same equipment as described above. The striped eyes of this species are just amazing!
The female Filigree Skimmer in the next 2 shots was along Bonita Creek, Graham Co., Arizona, in May, 2008. These images were taken with a canon EOS 40D and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The next 4 shots show a male Filigree Skimmer in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2009. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash. This species is fairly rare in the Austin area and these shots represent perhaps the 4th or 5th county record of this species.
The male Filigree Skimmer shown here was along Tornillo Creek, Big Bend National Park, Brewster Co., Texas, in May, 2010. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Southeast Metro Park,
Travis Co., Texas
4 March 2013
Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Southeast Metro Park,
Travis Co., Texas
4 March 2013
Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Southeast Metro Park,
Travis Co., Texas
4 March 2013
Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Cienega Creek,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 August 2013

Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Live Oak Creek,
Crockett Co., Texas
3 September 2013


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Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Live Oak Creek,
Crockett Co., Texas
3 September 2013


30.6995
-101.6933

Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Rancho Primavera,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
12 April 2014
Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
female
Rancho Primavera,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
12 April 2014
Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
male
ZH Canyon,
Miller Ranch,
Presidio Co., Texas
23 May 2015
Filigree Skimmer
Pseudoleon superbus
male
ZH Canyon,
Miller Ranch,
Presidio Co., Texas
23 May 2015