meadowhawks

(Sympetrum spp.)

Overview
meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)
Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
  Sympetrum is a genus of dragonflies known as meadowhawks. It has a worldwide distribution, occurring on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. There are more than 50 species of meadowhawks worldwide, 13 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 10 species in Minnesota. Meadowhawks are very common in Minnesota. Most are late-season, appearing in summer and flying into autumn. They are found in grassy meadows, in marshes, and on lakeshores. All but one (variegated meadowhawk) are relatively tame and easily photographed.      
           
 
Description
 
 

Meadowhawks are small to medium-sized skimmers. Mature males of all species are red except for variegated meadowhawk, which has extensive red markings, and black meadowhawk, which shows no red at all. Some female and juvenile meadowhawks are very similar and nearly impossible to tell apart in the field. Much time and frustration can be avoided by listing these simply as “meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)”.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

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7, 17, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 82.
 
  2/26/2020      
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)  
 

Suborder

Epiprocta  
 

Infraorder

Anisoptera (dragonflies)  
 

Superfamily

Cavilabiata  
 

Family

Libellulidae (skimmers)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

black meadowhawk (Sympetrum danae)

blue-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum) (?)

cardinal meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum)

cherry-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum)

red-veined meadowhawk (Sympetrum madidum)

ruby meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum)

saffron-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum)

striped meadowhawk (Sympetrum pallipes)

variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Tarnetrum

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

meadowhawks

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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August 2019

Location: Slinger, Wisconsin

meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)  
  Alfredo Colon
8/10/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)  
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8/7/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)  
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8/4/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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