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Dragonfly - Libellula saturata - female

Dragonfly - Libellula saturata - Female
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
June 29, 2007
Not the very shiny metallic orange sometimes seen. It was dipping its tail into the water repeatedly, possibly depositing eggs.

Moved from Libellula.

Female Flame
I agree with the assessment of female Flame Skimmer.

Moved from Dragonflies.

Nice photo!
It looks to me like a female Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata. I can't recall where Sunnyvale is, but if it's in the San Diego area then Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis) is also a possibility.

Thank you, June, from the Bay Area
I don't think it's a neon, so maybe your first guess.

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