Autumn Meadowhawk!

The first meadowhawk of the season was seen on the 7th of October. It was an Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) and was on the smartweed that grows at the end of the boardwalk in the Wetlands.

a meadowhawk
Male Autumn Meadowhawks have a nearly all red abdomen, red-brown face and body, and reddish stigmas (photo from November 2009).

The following day I saw two more, so keep a sharp eye out for this small, bright red dragon.

2 responses to Autumn Meadowhawk!

  1. Shawntel says:

    I’m always amazed at how many different colors dragonflies come in! Thanks for the picture of this one. I’ll be on the lookout!

    • Greg Dodge, Ranger says:

      I agree, they are quite amazing creatures, not only in diversity of color but in behavior and variety of habitats that they have adapted to.

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