Scarlet Skimmer
Crocothemis servilia
The Scarlet Skimmer (Crocothemis servilia) is a species native to Asia which was introduced to southern Florida. It was first discovered in the U.S. near Miami, Florida, in 1975 and since has become common across most of the southern half of the Florida peninsula. The males shown here were along the edge of a waterway in a city park in Ft. Myers, Lee Co., Florida, in November, 2006. The images were shot with an EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X and 580 flash.
The next 3 images of Scarlet Skimmers (2 females and one male) were taken with a Canon EOS 40D and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender in December, 2007, along the edge of the beach on Sanibel Island, Lee County, Florida.