Thursday, August 26, 2010

Autumn Meadowhawk

Autumn, or Yellow-legged Meadowhawks are common dragonflies across much of North America. This dragonfly is the fifth species of Odonata that I have found in our backyard.  I am amazed at their crimson eyes. The meadowhawk in the photo above is an immature male.  It will become brighter red as the season progresses.  The photo below is of a female.  The yellowish legs and the downspout ovipositor are good field marks.  Thanks to Scott King for identification help.

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