Red dragonfly in Colorado Bend State Park, Texas


Dragon flies are not my area of expertise:  Can anyone identify this beauty?

Red Dragonfly in Colorado Bend State Park, Texas (photo by Ed Darrell)

Red dragonfly in Colorado Bend State Park, Texas - photo by Ed Darrell

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Kate wrote in to say it’s probably Libella saturata.  From other photos I’ve found, that seems a good, accurate identification.  Citizens of Arizona have been urged to help identify dragon flies, odonates,  in their state, and this site explains how to do it with a camera and a notepad — with a fine picture of a Libella saturata for illustration.  And, as a reward to Kate and yourself, you may want to hop over to her blog, The Radula, and see what she’s got to look at.

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4 Responses to Red dragonfly in Colorado Bend State Park, Texas

  1. Judith Stevens says:

    An Audubon birding and dragonfly expert suggested the following:
    Golden-winged skimmer, flame skimmer, or Needham’s skimmer.
    With a photo and a book, perhaps you can ID your specie.

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Thank you, Kate!

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  3. Kate says:

    Tim, it looks like a Flame Skipper (Libellula saturata) they’re fairly common, known mostly for their coloration, and have a bit of diversity when it comes to their wing coloration pattern. I’ve photographed quite a few of them at the botanical gadens at the BioPark.

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