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darner? - Erythemis collocata - male

darner? - Erythemis collocata - Male
Cache County, Utah, USA
August 10, 2007
I can't find anything in my guides that look like this. is it a darner of some sort?

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thanks all
I got a good look a several more of these guys today. I am sure it is a western pond hawk. Thanks all for the ID help.

Western Pondhawk
I'm positive it's a Western Pondhawk, because the dark appendages and yellow face are consistent with that. The Eastern Pondhawk has white appendages and a green face. But actually it's moot at the moment because taxonomically the Eastern and Western Pondhawks have been lumped together into one species. Whether they'll be split again later - who knows!

Should be Western Pondhawk
E. collocata.

More Likely Male Eastern Pondhawk
Scott, I have tried twice to post a comment, but thay don't seem to make it. Trying again - your photos are good BTW.

The dragonfly in your pictures fit all the marks for an Eastern male Pondhawk, except the cerci should be white. Otherwise, color, etc. fits. Do some searching in the Guide and also look for this in the Dunkle's Dragonflies through Binoculars, if you have access to one. I'm sure one of the on-line experts will confirm this very shortly.
Erythemis simplicicollis.

Rod (relative newbie to this, but sure having fun.)

 
skimmer, not a darner.
Its definitely a skimmer, not a darner.

I also think its a Pondhawk but it looks like your camera distorts colours quite a bit so the head looks really weired. May be a western (Erythemis collocata), as they have the darker cerci? I'm not sure which occurs in your area.

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