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Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (male, malformed)

Sympetrum vicinum


A male Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly spotted at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual has a slightly bent abdomen. "Some [odonates] don’t emerge properly and end up with damaged wings or bent abdomens. I have seen adults with slightly bent abdomens competing and mating normally, but if the wings don’t develop normally, those genes are probably leaving the gene pool." Source Credit: Beaton, Giff (2007-03-15). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast. University of Georgia Press. Related Resource:


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Nov 15, 2013
Submitted on Nov 27, 2013

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