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Common Name:Dragonfly, Cardinal Meadowhawk
Scientific Name:Sympetrum illotum
Family:Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Area:Lagoon Loop Trail - Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Date:July 5, 2015

The Cardinal Meadowhawk takes its name from the bright red color of the male. The lower photo is of a female, which is much duller. Take note of the dark brown eyes and lighter colored face, and note the white spots on the thorax, all important identifiers for Cardinal Meadowhawks..

Bluebill Lake - Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - - - June 7, 2013

Beaver Creek State Natural Area, Oregon - - -July 14, 2013

Reference:Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon by Kerst & Gordon / Insects of the Pacific Northwest by Haggard & Harrard