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Kennedy's Emerald - Somatochlora kennedyi - male

Kennedy's Emerald - Somatochlora kennedyi - Male
Echo Trail, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, USA
July 29, 2008

Moved from Delicate Emerald.

Moved from Kennedy's Emerald.

Aaron, did someone else have a look at this and suggest that it was not right originally (i.e. kennedyi?)? While the darkish patch at the base of the wing does suggest franklini (but not as clear as I would like), the shape/thickness of the abdomen actually suggests kennedyi. I do not question the female you posted on this species, that one does seem to be franklini, but did you catch this male and that female in tandem? Do you have a higher version that you could post temporarily?

previous ID
Both this male and the female were caught at the same location and at about the same time, but were not in tandem. They were both originally posted under kennedyi and then it was suggested that they were franklini. Unfortunately, that discussion was through email, and I didn't save it. I do have a high res version plus some other shots of it that I will try to get posted somewhere.

I have done some looking...
and I am 95% sure this is a kennedyi male. Please do send higher res shots via e-mailand I will have a closer look! I will explain why shortly too, but I have looked at a variety of sources...Oops! Just noticed that you did send an e-mail already! I will have a closer look today and send in comments shortly. Thanks!

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