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Dragonfly - Sympetrum illotum

Dragonfly - Sympetrum illotum
Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
October 2, 2010
Size: about 3 inches
This dragonfly was at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh today.

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Dragonfly - Sympetrum illotum Dragonfly - Sympetrum illotum

Moved from Meadowhawks.

Sympetrum illotum
This is a mature male Cardinal Meadowhawk; beefier than most other sympetrum species and note the whiteish thoracic spots. Mature Variegated meadowhawks have similar thoracic markings, as do more mature male Red-veined meadowhawks (immature red-veined have complete thoracic stripes), however, both of these speices have distinctive abdominal markings. Mature Striped meadowhawk males would have complete thoracic stripes and black triangles down the side of the abdomen.

Moved from Dragonflies.

Moved from ID Request.

Possibly a Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
I'm no expert, but the red color and amber wings, yellowish legs seem to match the Saffron-winged Meadowhawk. Also, that species is tolerant of saline marshes.

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