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Males have red face and body, along with brown lower hindlegs and orange wings. Female and juvenile male Needham's have a lateral thoracic pattern, augmented by the two-toned costa (Major vein running along the leading edge of the wings).
Another spotting resting on a dried piece of grass by a canal at Bayou Segnette State Park. This park is not far from the urban center of New Orleans, yet it features access to two types of wetlands,swamp and marsh. Saltwater intrusion coming into the canals from the Gulf of Mexico created the marsh. This is a remarkable habitat for plant and wildlife.