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Variegated Meadowhawk - Sympetrum corruptum - male

Variegated Meadowhawk - Sympetrum corruptum - Male
Davis, Yolo County, California, USA
August 29, 2006
Size: 2 in.
Among this series of pictures, you should be able to see the distinctive white spots (rimmed with black) along the side of the abdomen (sometimes referred to as "portholes"). In addition to the two diagonal white stripes on each side of the thorax, the signature yellow spots at their lower tips are highly visible. Also visible are the black spots atop abdominal segments 8 and 9. The legs are all black in the front and tan behind. The fronts of the wings are yellow and orange. The pterostigma are clearly bicolored, however they are black and red opposed to black and pale yellow as Tim Manolis says in Dragonflies and Damselflies of California. Since none of the other species that live in California have all the other characteristics, though, I have to assume that this is just another variation in what is known to be a highly variable species. I also noticed that some of the other images of this species in the guide have black and red (opposed to black and pale yellow) pterostigma.

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