Thursday, June 25, 2020

Red-veined Meadowhawk

On 18 June 2020, Erika and I discovered this dragonfly at Olympia’s Priest Point Park. I initially believed this was a female Cardinal Meadowhawk, which are infrequently observed. When I posted the top image in the Western Odonata FaceBook page, several red flags became apparent. The base of the abdomen seems too swollen for a Cardinal Meadowhawk. The legs are black, unlike the colored legs of the Cardinal Meadowlark in my last post. The abdomen sides are quite dark in a Red-veined Meadowhawk. In the second photo, note that there are no black marks in the wings and the red wing stripes reach all the way to the black spots near the front-wing tips. All these field marks add up to Red-veined Meadowhawk. Curiously, Erika and I found this species on 1 August 2019 at the same location—practically on the same perch.

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