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Sympetrum? - Erpetogomphus designatus

Sympetrum? - Erpetogomphus designatus
Shaw Nature Reserve near Gray Summit, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
August 11, 2010
Size: 55 mm
I think this is the same species that I see flying in numbers over grassy areas, especially in late afternoon, during this HOT time of year. This critter was exposing maximum surface to the sun when it was 95F outside that morning.

Moved from Skimmers.

Erpetogomphus designatus
Eastern Ringtail, Erpetogomphus designatus from the pattern on the front of the thorax

The eyes are too small and far apart
This is something in Gomphidae. We'll check.
Maybe female Erpetogomphus

Oh, how interesting!
I noticed something different about its flight "gait" and now that you mention it, it reminds me of another gomphid I've seen.

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