Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn Meadowhawks have returned to our garden.  They were among my first dragonflies last year, beginning this odonata kick of mine. This species flies in late summer, sometimes even into November.  As the season progresses, males become more red, probably due to age rather than temperature. Thanks to Scott King for sharing a haiku by Kaya Shirao (1738-1791):
The start of autumn
is decided
by the red dragonfly

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