Female Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
This golden beauty is the saffron-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum). Found coast to coast across all of the central and northern United States, as well as southern Canada. Females and immatures have this soft golden color and males and some females will develop a rich burgundy color, while retaining the soft yellow hue at the forward edge of their wings. This one was found at a pond absolutely teeming with dragonflies and damselflies in rural Montana near the town of Anaconda on a hot sunny mid-July afternoon.
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