Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cherry-faced Meadowhawk

On 18 July 2011, I found this female Cherry-faced Meadowhawk perched on the edge of a low pile of dead brush near Northfield. Note the orange wing veins. Males are red and difficult to identify in the field. This dragonfly is cold tolerant and found from Alaska and far northern Canada into the United States to California, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. The Cherry-faced Meadowhawk feeds on almost any soft-bodied flying insect (Idaho Digital Atlas, Montana Field Guide).

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