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Brown/Orange Dragonfly - Libellula semifasciata

Brown/Orange Dragonfly - Libellula semifasciata
New York near the Hudson River, New York County, New York, USA
August 5, 2011
What kind of dragonfly is this? It's the only one I've seen like it ...

Moved from ID Request.

Painted Skimmer
Looks like a Painted Skimmer to me.

The angles not great to see the markings but a Halloween would have very different markings on the abdomen. (Best view to ID these for beginners would be looking straight down onto them, I even take most of my photos like that still as it shows of the colours nicely. :P)

PS, a Painted is a really nice find. Quite rare in my area and only seen sporadically, often when they are migrating through. Nice find!

You may be right - it does have that white marking on the body ... I only have other similar views of it, nothing from the top ...

Yep, the white mark on the th
Yep, the white mark on the thorax is fairly distinctive. The Yellow/orange on the abdomen is indicative it's not a Halloween Pennant (good indicator but don't necessarily guarantee Painted as there are a few that have similar abdomen marks but the Halloween would have red triangles in the center-top of the abdomen/tail)

Thanks for the ID!
Thanks for the ID!

Halloween Pennant

I never would have figured that out on my own! Neat dragonfly ...

Sorry for the wrong ID

Don't worry, it happens. :) (
Don't worry, it happens. :) (I've done it before too, thats why its great theres a whole community of IDers)

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