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Skimmer Dragonfly ? - Libellula croceipennis

Skimmer Dragonfly ? - Libellula croceipennis
Orange County, California, USA
July 15, 2012
Size: 2 1/2" - 3"

Moved from Flame Skimmer.

In my opinion - Libellula croceipennis (male)

Male Libellula saturata have much more orange coloring in the wings that extends out to the nodus and in my experience never have a scarlet colored abdomen as does the mature male L. croceipennis.

I have a lot of experience with L. croceipennis in Fort Worth TX where it is common.

In my opinion...
you are right. Definitely a male, and looks more Neon-like than Flame-like. I wouldn't call this guy quite "scarlet" but he's probably on his way to that color. The dark background makes it a little tricky to discern wing markings.

Moved from ID Request.

Libellula saturata
Flame Skimmer - Female

Flame Skinner Dragonfly
Thanks for the quick ID.
I've spotted several of these in the same spot in our backyard over the last few years. Nice to know what it is.

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