Sunday, August 28, 2011

Meadowhawks

Meadowhawks are a genus, Sympetrum, of dragonflies in the skimmer family. They are typically seen flying Mid summer through until October. They can often be found in grassy fields as well as around most types of wetlands.
We see around 8 different species of meadowhawks here in Minnesota. Most mature male meadowhawks are red in color, except for the black meadowhawk, while females and immatures are a gold or brown color. It is very difficult to distinguish the immatures and females of several different species from one and other with out having them under a microscope so often they are just identified as meadowhawks.



4 comments:

Denise said...

The more I see super photos like this, the more I enjoy the world of dragonflies.

lotusleaf said...

Lovely photos as always! I used to think meadowhawks were birds :)

One said...

Lovely dragonflies. I agree with lotusleaf. A hawk should be a bird. Btw, how do you know their names? I have so many dragonflies here waiting to be named.

Jientje said...

Their wings look so fragile!