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Dragonfly - Sympetrum corruptum

Dragonfly - Sympetrum corruptum
Watson Creek Preserve, Prescott, yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Early morning, so cold that I could move it into the sunlight on its weed.

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Dragonfly - Sympetrum corruptum Dragonfly - Sympetrum corruptum Dragonfly - Sympetrum corruptum - male

Looks like a very mature male
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum). Lets wait for more comments. For now, take a look at the scanned images of a mature male (Hyperlink also on INFO page).

 
While too timid to comment, I thought variegated meadowhawk also
But something was bothering me. Now, I think I know why. From this angle, it does look like Sympetrum corruptum. However, I'd say the side view indicates otherwise. Biggs notes - and Hartmut's link reinforces - the presence of 'unique white porthole like" spots low on abdomen'.

 
Main characters speaking in favor of S. corruptum:
Face becomes red in mature males; thorax has two oblique white stripes on the side of the thorax, each with a yellow spot at the end (here only the yellow spots remain, which is characteristic in mature males); bicolored pterostigma with lighter borders; abdominal segments 8 & 9, each has a large black spot dorsally (Red-tailed Pennant has something similar, but is otherwise very different); apical orange rings on abdominal segments become red with age. The more I look at it, the more it looks like the Variegated. The distinctive white, black-rimmed spots on the side of the abdomen are a good point, Ron (Kathy Biggs' "portholes"). In the two lateral views (neither of which are in sharp focus) we're looking at the abdomen somewhat from below. The dark-rimmed, light spots are just above the black lines. Compare with this "Old Soldier" , though view is more from above.
S. pallipes looks similar but has two lateral pale stripes (now yellow end spots) on side of thorax, and two white stripes on top.
I'm open to better suggestions, Ron.

 
Hartmut, I'm convinced.
Boy, that Old Soldier has been through a lot!

 
Ron, I have to thank you for
your observations which prompted me to take a closer look. I observed many last week at Santa Fe Dam Rec. Area, but haven't posted any.

 
More postings are probably good.
Evidently, these are highly variable. I hadn't seen that, probably because I've shot most of mine at a single location in a relatively tight time frame.

 
Thank you very much
for the thorough information. Simple photo field guides were really not enough for this one.

 
You're welcome -
actually a fun little exercise. Just noticed a mistake in the sentence re. S. pallipes : the remarks in parentheses should read "no yellow spots". This is important, because those yellow, round spots are characteristic of the Variegated.

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