white-faced meadowhawk

(Sympetrum obtrusum)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

white-faced meadowhawk

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Mid-June to late October

Habitat

Marshes, ponds, lakes, slow-moving streams, and occasionally bogs

Size

Total Length: 1

Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
Identification

The legs are black. The leading wing veins are black.

On juveniles the thorax is yellow without black markings.

 
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Species

 

 
Naiad Food

 

 
Adult Food

Small flying insects

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 16, 18, 24.
 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

 

Suborder:

Epiprocta

 

Infraorder:

Anisoptera (dragonflies)

 

Superfamily:

Cavilabiata

 

Family:

Libellulidae (skimmers)

 
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Common
Names

white-faced meadowhawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Uploaded on Aug 21, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (20 August 2010). Go here to see a wonderful photograph of a mating pair of White-faced Meadowhawks: http://www.botany.wisc.edu/spalding/naturephotos/botanygarden/whtfacemeadohwk2.htm

   
       
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Uploaded on Aug 20, 2011

Common Name: White-faced Meadowhawk
Species: Sympetrum obtrusum
Location: Leicester, Massachusetts
Date: July 9, 2011
Time: 5:00 pm eastern time.
Note: Dragonfly. Perched on bush. Trusting behavior.

Canon 60d
Sigma 18-0mm f/2.8-4.5
Raynox 250

Music: Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II, Tableau 3, Pas de deux, b. Variation I)

   
       
  White-faced Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum obtrusum) Male on Grassblade
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Uploaded on Aug 20, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (20 August 2010). Go here to watch a 6-minute video that tells about how Kurt Mead is helping others to learn more about Minnesota's Dragonflies : http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/nongame/videos/dragonflies.html

   
       
  White-faced Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum obtrusum) Female
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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2009

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (20 July 2009).

   
       
  White-faced Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum obtrusum) on Leaf
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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2009

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (18 August 2009).

   
       

 

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Alfredo Colon
10/16/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

white-faced meadowhawk


Alfredo Colon
7/31/2018

Location: Woodbury, MN

white-faced meadowhawk


Helen
August 2014

Location: Northfield MN

I've been seeing lots of these, both male and female, in my garden and have been trying to identify them. Also seen recently: hemaris thysbe and hemaris diffinis, plus a number of beautiful ebony jewelwings in the Carleton College arboretum. Thank you for your helpful photos and website!


     
     
 
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