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Ruby Meadowhawk

Sympetrum (?rubicundulum?)

Notes:

Are these male and female of the same species?? Name?

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9 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Have you checked Wiki page... clearly shown three different species... your spotting match only... Sympetrum rubicundulum

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 11 years ago

Thanks Ashish, I had already looked at that. But if you look on BugGuide.net you will see the question as to how to differentiate between Ruby Meadowlark and White-faced and Cherry-faced. It is very difficult in the field and they claim impossible by a photograph. So I stick with my ? as I am not an expert on dragonflies of any species. Isn't it fun researching all this? In my head, I am going to call it Sympetrum rubicundulum, but reserve my question mark until I learn more about this.

andyarct
andyarct 11 years ago

I meant to say Meadowhawk, not Meadowfly in my previous comment...oops!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 11 years ago

Thanks! I also see in the bug guide that this species is virtually impossible to tell apart in a photograph from two other Sympetrum species, so I will keep a question mark next to it, to remind myself of this for the future! Thanks for all the help. I am really enjoying looking at dragonflies for the first time. Birds have always been my passion.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Hi... Check reference link... females had lighter shade..!!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 11 years ago

Thanks! Do you know if the lighter one is the same species?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Red Skimmer type...

andyarct
andyarct 11 years ago

This looks very much like the one i posted a little while ago (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/726...). It turned out to be a Ruby Meadowfly.

KathleenMcEachern
Spotted by
KathleenMcEachern

Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Sep 12, 2011
Submitted on Sep 15, 2011

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