Saturday, April 21, 2012

Variegated Meadowhawk

On September 16, 2011, in my blog I mentioned that Variegated Meadowhawks tend to be immature in the fall migration and adults in the spring. Indeed, I hardly recognized this gorgeous adult (on 20 April 2012), my first Minnesota odonate of the spring, as being the same species as the fall individual. The two yellow spots on this dragonfly's thorax and the boldly patterned abdomen are clues to its identity.

Variegated Meadowhawks flycatch from perches or from the ground. During migration, they are also found in treetops. Migrants appear in Minnesota in early spring, well before any local emergence is possible (Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East).

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