Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
Naturalist Newsletter

from the September 14, 2007 Newsletter issued from Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, QUERÉTARO, MÉXICO

Sunday a bit after dawn I was walking along the reservoir road when I saw a dragonfly species I've wanted to photograph ever since I got here. Always in the past they've flown away as soon as I started approaching but this time a chilly rain had fallen in the night so maybe now he'd be too cold fly.

In fact I was able to get so close that my camera couldn't focus any closer, and still he didn't move. You can see the resulting masterpiece bdelow:


That's the Neon Skimmer, LIBELLULA CROCEIPENNIS. They're so common along our reservoir's banks that I suspect the area's kids suppose that dragonflies are generally red. As a kid in Kentucky I always thought of dragonflies as being mainly greenish or bluish.