Monday, August 23, 2010

White-faced Meadowhawk

White-faced Meadowhawks hunt near the forest edge from low perches usually near streams or ponds. Fifteen species comprise the genus Sympetrum, and many are difficult to distinguish.  This species, obtrusum, is identified by its white face and the black diamonds on the red tail. This meadowhawk is found across much of northern North America. It is a late season dragonfly, observed in Minnesota even in late November. These dragonflies eat most soft-bodied insects, including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants and termites.

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