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Blue-faced meadowhawk

Sympetrum ambiguum

Description:

This small dragonfly reaches a maximum total length of 38 mm. The thorax is grayish or olive brown. A mature male has a bright red abdomen, with black stripes.

Habitat:

Mason Farm Biological Reserve

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6 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Thanks for your information and description of efforts to spot these dragonflies, Geodialist! I was lucky to spot another one (or the same one?) five days later: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/561... - they are beautiful!

masunya2004
masunya2004 8 years ago

Wow Geodialist

Geodialist
Geodialist 8 years ago

Common or uncommon? You decide. Here's my take. Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (BfMs) have been officially reported at only three locations in Northern Virginia (USA). I visited Huntley Meadows Park, one of the three locations, 16 times beginning on 14 September 2013. I spent at least five hours per visit searching for BfMs. I spotted approximately one- to five BfMs per visit. That's right -- some days I spotted one BfM during five-or-more hours of intensive searching, and I only searched the right places. BfMs aren't found everywhere at Huntley Meadows Park. BfMs are very habitat-specific: Typically they are found in fields/wetlands along the margin of a forest; it's a waste of time to look for them elsewhere. If my experience is typical, then I would say BfMs are uncommon. Don't be misled by the number of photos I have posted on Project Noah (with more in the pipeline) -- my photos are the fruit of more than 80 hours of field work!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Thanks, Luis and Geodialist! Wikipedia says it is extremely rare but IUCN says it is fairly common in its range. Common or rare, it was a cool spotting for me.

Geodialist
Geodialist 8 years ago

Good catch, Maria -- Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies are uncommon! This individual is a male, as indicated by its turquoise face and terminal appendages.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Nice series Maria!

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Oct 15, 2013
Submitted on Oct 20, 2013

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