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Species Sympetrum obtrusum - White-faced Meadowhawk

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species obtrusum (White-faced Meadowhawk)
One of 15 species in the genus.
Typically 30-35 mm.
Much of Canada; much of the United States, but absent from the Southern states.
Marshes, ponds, lakes, slow-moving streams, occasionally bogs.
Small flying insects.
See Also
Females can be indistinguishable from Ruby and Cherry-faced Meadowhawks; a close photo of the subgenital plate may be needed to confirm an identification.
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