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Help identifying Dragonfly type - Sympetrum costiferum

Help identifying Dragonfly type - Sympetrum costiferum
Hansville's Buck Lake Meadow, Kitsap County, Washington, USA
August 22, 2008
Size: ~2.5"
In a meadow on the horse trail were hundreds, if not thousands of this Dragonfly. Also, there were a few Twelve -spotted Skimmers, and Ruby Meadowhawks

Moved
Moved from Dragonflies.

Saffron-winged
I agree with John and Jane that this is a Saffron-winged Meadowhawk. The lack of extensive black on the abdomen, the black-and-yellow legs, dull thorax, etc. help make the ID.

Another of the ten or so
Meadowhawks you have out there. We don't see anything that looks like stripes on the thorax or spots, but it may be difficult to seem them at this young age. We see color on the leading edge of the wing but there doesn't seem to be much on the rest of the wing. More images of more individuals from different perspectives would be good, but based on what we can see we would suggest Sympetrum costiferum, Saffron-winged. We can almost convince ourselves that the stigma are yellow with black edges.

 
John & Jane - Thank you for y
John & Jane - Thank you for your quick response. I looked at hundreds of Dragonfly images here and elsewhere, and thought maybe this was a Saffron-winged, but not sure, I'm new at this. I like to imprint my photographs with the proper identification. Sometimes will state 'Thought to be' as a preface when I'm not sure.

By the way, I come from several generations of teachers. My aunt Doris lived with us, and taught high school Physics, Chemistry, Drama and Photography, quite a gal. I, on the other hand slipped off the track and became an Aerospace Program Manager, ugg :-) (now retired, thank God).

Thanks again for your help - Bob http://www.boblund.com/

 
You're very welcome
It's reassuring that we both thought Saffron-winged! But there are a number of fine Odonata experts here on BugGuide. Let's see what they have to say when they chime in.

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