variegated meadowhawk

(Sympetrum corruptum)

Conservation Status
variegated meadowhawk
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Variegated meadowhawk is a medium-sized, distinctively marked, migratory dragonfly.

The thorax is gray with two lateral stripes that are white at the top fading to yellow at the bottom. On males the stripes fades as the male matures eventually leaving only two yellow spots.

The abdomen has two silver stripes on top and a white stripe on each side. On females and juvenile males the abdomen is bordered with orange on top and at the end of each segment. Abdominal segments 2, 8, and 9 have a black border on top. The face is tan. On mature males the colored border, the face, and the border of top of segment 2 are red.

The legs are black with yellow vertical stripes.

The wings are clear. Some of the veins along the leading edge of the forewing are orange. The stigmas are yellow at the end.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: About 1½

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Still water and slow streams, but not bogs or acid fens

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Mid-May to mid-September

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

Eggs are laid in open shallow water or in algae.

 
     
 

Nymph Food

 
 

Any living thing up to and including small fish.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flying insects

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 16, 18.

 
  7/12/2014      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)  
 

Suborder

Epiprocta  
  Infraorder Anisoptera (dragonflies)  
 

Superfamily

Cavilabiata  
 

Family

Libellulidae (skimmers)  
 

Genus

Sympetrum  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Tarnetrum corruptum

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

variegated meadowhawk

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Variegated Meadowhawk
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  Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Scott King
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 15, 2013

Female Variegated Meadowhawk filmed at the McKnight Prairie in Dakota County, Minnesota, on April 5, 2012.

 
  Variegated Meadowhawk dragonflies presumably depositing eggs
Vaughn Hamilton
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 29, 2012

Two pairs of Variegated Meadowhawks (Sympetrum corruptum) attempting to lay eggs on a discarded slab of polished granite. Question for the day: is this absurd?

 
       

 

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