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Scarlet Skimmer Crocothemis servilia

The Scarlet Skimmer, also known as the Crimson Darter, is native to southeastern Asia.  It was introduced into Florida, first discovered near Miami around 1975.  Since that time, it has spread across most of the southern half of the Florida peninsula.

Its habitat is areas with still waters and grassy fields.  It is also commonly seen around disturbed areas such as ditches and golf course ponds.  They like to perch and are usually seen sitting on marsh vegetation, ready to ambush their prey or chase away intruders from their territory.

The males are a brilliant red in color, including the eyes, and have a dark stripe running along the top of their abdomen. Females and immature males are yellowish in color and also have a dark stripe running along the top of their abdomen.  
The average length of these dragonflies is about 1.6 inches.  

The upper right image was taken in Deep Creek.  The two left images were taken in Kiwanis Park.  Both of these areas are in Charlotte County.