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Different types of Dragonflys

Dragonflies:
Dragonflies are heavy-bodied and usually larger than damselflies; their huge eyes are very close together and they are strong fliers.  At rest, they hold their wings out flat to the sides, or slightly forward and downward.
Flame Skimmer
Libellula saturata
Size:  large; length 52-61 mm
Male: all red-orange including the inside halves of its wings. The thorax and abdomen are unstriped, the eyes, face, legs, stigma and appendages are all red-orange; the wings are reddish out to slightly beyond nodus (slight bend in wing) with a red streak along the leading edge

Female: not as colorful having an orange streak along the leading edge of wings only
Behavior: hawks insects from perch and holds it wings out flat when at rest
Habitat: ponds, lakes, slow streams, pools of rivers
SW flight period: February - December                           SW distribution: all Southwest

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Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
Size:  medium; length 33-43 mm
Male: quite variable; usually an olive-green/gray and reddish plaid which turns redder as it ages; it has unique white "porthole-like" spots low along the abdomen sides; the thoracic stripes are not always complete but they always end in a yellow spot; the eyes are a Cranberry color and the stigma is bicolored
Female: less red; more muted &/or pastel
Behavior:  they hawk insects from a perch and it rests with its wings held downward and forward
Habitat: all slow water
SW flight period: year round, migratory; may over winter      SW distribution: all Southwestern states

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By Ashley M. Randall

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