Diogmites missouriensis is similar in size to the variable symmachus/angustipennis pair but has the black "velvety" lines on the thoracic dorsum. In missouriensis the central line does not fade to red at the front and it is divided by a thin white or cream line down the center. The problem species that we did not know we had to deal with are D. pritchardi and D. texanus. Apparently these may both also occur in Arkansas. All three of these were described by Bromley. And lord knows how we will sort these out without quite a bit more work. D. texanus should have some smokiness in the wings. And the above specimen does appear to show this. This specimen is now in the museum and can be rechecked. East of AR this may not be a problem and missouriensis may be the only species to contend with. There is a possibility that missouriensis is not separate from texanus at all which Norm believes even more after the 2008 summer season. The markings on the abdomen in missouriensis are less defined than in the symmachus/angustipennis pair. The texanus/missouriensis species can be found in open woodland breaks and field margins. It may occur throughout Arkansas (still being determined).

A missouriensis/texanus "playing the blues" as Norm put it. I had not seen other species in this genus taking damsels.

A front portrait showing the dark central line wrapping around all the way. And the two side marks. These are medium-sized and do like fully open areas. I don't find them that often in central Arkansas.

And a dorsal shot also from Point Remove. Note how much darker this one is in the striping. But this is much darker striping than Diogmites angustipennis, the dominant field Diogmites in summer.

An off-center dorsal shot from Virginia where it is unlikely that texanus occurs. Note the very clear wings. Either Diogmites missouriensis extends all the way into Virginia or this is a very strongly marked male D. salutans, a species that is fairly common on the eastern seaboard. I have wavered between the two. More typical salutans do not have this much dark in the dorsal thoracic markings.