Scarlet Skimmer we believe

Subject: Red Dragonfly Identification
Location: Central Florida
August 13, 2017 5:27 pm
Hello,
I spotted this dragonfly in my front yard earlier today. Can you help me identify what species it is please?
Signature: Julie

Scarlet Skimmer we believe

Dear Julie,
We would gladly defer to anyone with more experience in identifying Dragonflies, but in our opinion, this appears to be a Scarlet Skimmer,
Crocothemis¬†servilia, which we found on BugGuide.¬† According to BugGuide:¬† “Native from southern Japan and China to northern Australia. Introduced accidentally to south Florida and to Oahu, Hawai’i” and “Amber patch at the base of each hindwing; black stripe along the dorsal edge of the abdomen.” Alas, the angle of your photographic image is not ideal for verifying the diagnostic features.

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