One of my mother’s trees attracts a vast number of dragonflies, so I went out a couple of weeks ago and shot a bunch of pictures of them. They turned out to be pretty cooperative! I suppose this guy is some particular species of dragonfly, but trying to become an instant expert on dragonfly ID is a little beyond me at the moment. Maybe someone in comments can help.

UPDATE: Apparently it’s a female Flame Skimmer.

July 15, 2020 — Garden Grove, California

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