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Roseate or Carmine Skimmer - Orthemis discolor - male

Roseate or Carmine Skimmer - Orthemis discolor - Male
San Antonio, Leon Creek Greenway, Earl Scott Ponds, Bexar County, Texas, USA
October 8, 2017
Normally, whenever I get excited and think that I've seen a Carmine Skimmer, I eventually come to realise that it's actually a Roseate Skimmer, however, this specimen still baffles me. Is it possible to tell? Roseate Skimmers are extremely common in this creek, but I've only ever seen one Carmine Skimmer in a decade, which is why I'm dubious.

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Moved from ID Request.

Went through Abbot's Dragonflies of Texas and Paulson's odes of the west and am confident on the ID. Nice find!

Carmine
I would probably call it carmine because of how bright the coloration is, plus how uniform it is. The only character that seems to be missing the some of the wing veins being yellowish-brown instead of dark, but looking through other photos on BG it's not always as noticeable, so there may be variation there.

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