Tentative ID of Cardinal Meadowhawk for Utah
- Hi Dr. Abbott and Southwest Odes,
I was looking at Nicky Davis's web site Utah Wild,
Dragonflies and Damselflies, showing an unknown female
Sympetrum from Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake.
The site can be accessed through Kathy Biggs's
Southwest web site. The dragonfly appears to be the
Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum). The key
features are the color and red peterostigma on the
wing, and the barely visible supplementary transverse
carina on segment 4, along with a single row of cells
subtended by the radial planate which generally rules
out the elusive (Sympetrum madidum) suspected for Utah
and (Sympetrum corruptum) showing two rows. Also, as
noted for (Sympetrum illotum) she is showing the 9
antinodal crossveins in the forewing and 7 in the
hindwing along with some brown basal brown streaks.
The Meadowhawk was photographed on Antelope Island
September 25, 2005 in Davis County, Utah, and has not
been recorded for Utah as far as I know.
Roswell, New Mexico
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