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Sympetrum illotum  - Sympetrum illotum - male

Sympetrum illotum - Sympetrum illotum - Male
Big Sycamore Canyon, Point Mugu State Park, Ventura County, California, USA
August 26, 2009
Haven't looked at Odonates in a while, and thus am not certain.
Seems to have the small dark marks at the base of the wings, thorax is reddish-brown, & I can see one of the white spots on the side of the thorax.
What do the odonata-cognoscenti say?

Moved from ID Request.
I think its safe to move.

Yes, federally endangered
One of our local photographers just sent us a couple images wondering if she might have captured it and she had. A couple of beautiful images!

I wish there were
more information about its diminishing habitat (I mean the Hine's E.), as well as some reference to habitat restauration on that species' INFO page.

Think we have a copy of the Federal Recovery Plan
for the Hines in the house here someplace. We'll see if we can track it down. The big problem here by us is development and consequent water use up on the recharge area for the preserves that provide habitat. They're probably safer up in Door County, Wisconsin and in the Cedarburg Bog area with much larger preserves there.

Just amateurs ourselves, but
illotum is what we would have suggested.

Thanks to both of you -
Actually, I consider you rather well-informed 'amateurs'.
By the way, a friend gave me an L.A. Times article last night about a dragonfly I've never seen. Its from your neck-of-the-woods: Hine's Dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana).

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