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Red Rock Skimmer

Paltothemis lineatipes

Photo © by Michael Plagens

This dragonfly was photographed along Cave Creek in the Tonto National Forest, Maricopa Co., Arizona on Oct. 2, 2005.

Libellulidae -- a Dragonfly Family

From late spring through autumn these are among the more common of dragonflies patrolling riparian canyons in the Sonoran Desert. There they prey mostly on soft-bodied, flying insects such as midges and mayflies.

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