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Autumn Meadowhawk - Sympetrum vicinum - female

Autumn Meadowhawk - Sympetrum vicinum - Female
Springfield, Virginia, USA
October 16, 2004
A small reddish brown dragonfly that I spotted while mowing the lawn. Not the best picture because the wind was very strong, and the dragonfly was skittish. Any help identifying is appreciated.

I agree with Patrick. The li
I agree with Patrick. The light-colored legs are key here. Neat that you found a female with red on it. During the prime part of their season the males are bright red and the females brown. I had read that older females began to show some red and you have captured that here.

The name authorities at DSA have just renamed this species, formerly Yellow-Legged Meadowhawk, now called Autumn Meadowhawk. Good name, given that you've still got them flying in Northern Virginia in mid-October.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Autumn Meadowhawk
Thanks to you and Patrick for the info! Dragonflies of any sort are rare in my garden, and ones that sit still long enough for a picture are even rarer :)

Yellow-legged Meadowhawk
Sympetrum vicinum, female. Supposedly trumpet-shaped ovipositor is distinctive for this species.

See Dunklw, plate 35 #6 (1)
Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

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