I find dragonflies fascinating and beautiful. Also, I find them very difficult to identify. I found this dragonfly last week at the edge of a meadow near some Pines. I wonder if it might possibly be a Stygian Shadow -hunter? I have a Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts (Nikula, Loose and Burne) and on p. 149 there is a picture of a Dragonhunter that looks somewhat similar to the one in my photos. The Stygian Shadow -hunter has a bit of amber on its wings as does the dragonfly I had seen. Other features that are helpful in identifying dragonflies are the little patches near the end of their wings called Stigma. Another key feature leading to a dragonfly's identity is the colour and shape of the patterns that make up the designs on its abdominal segments. And there are other features to be considered as well in making a correct identification. I would appreciate comments from anyone who might be able to help me in correctly identifying this dragonfly.
And while I'm asking; does anyone know who this one shown below might be? Isn't the world just full of fascinating creatures!