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Autumn Meadowhawk

Sympetrum vicinum


Small orange, yellow and green Dragonfly


Open fields of native prairie grasses, near woods and fresh water


We seem to have an abundance of this particular dragonfly at this time of year. A food source to many; frequently seen eaten by various birds and/or spiders

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Autumn Meadowhawk
Sympetrum vicinum Sympetrum vicinum

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JanelleL.Streed 8 years ago

Thank you so much, Gordon Dietzman! So yellow legs like yellow leafs in Autumn...trying to figure out a way to keep them all straight. "-)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 8 years ago

This is a young female Autumn Meadowhawk. The yellow legs, in our area, tell us the species; the the tiny bump on the end and bottom of the tail tells us the gender. When mature it will be much redder, but will retain the yellow legs. In our area, I believe the autumn meadowhawk is the only meadowhawk species with yellow legs.

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Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2013
Submitted on Feb 16, 2014

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