The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Neon Skimmers Locked in an Embrace

Dragonflies have been around for a very long time - approximately 300 million years! As they evolved, this copulatory position emerged to accommodate the placement of their sexual organs.  Looks as though the GNG pond will be expecting Neon Skimmer nymphs very soon!

Mating Neon Skimmer - Libellula croceipennis - male is above, female below.