autumn meadowhawk

(Sympetrum vicinum)

Conservation Status
autumn meadowhawk
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Autumn meadowhawk is a small, slender, pale, 13 16 to 1 long meadowhawk.

Adult males have a red forehead. The lower part of the thorax is red. The abdomen is red with minimal black smudges on the lower sides. The legs are yellow to reddish-brown.

Juveniles have a tan to yellow forehead. The thorax is yellow to gray. The abdomen is yellowish brown. The legs are yellow or orangish-yellow.

Females are colored similar to the juveniles but eventually develop a red abdomen. There is a prominent, trumpet-shaped ovipositor on the bottom of abdominal segment 8.

The wings are clear with just a small tint of amber near the base.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Wingspan: 13 16 to

Total Length: 1 to 1

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  All other meadowhawks have black or black-striped legs.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Usually permanent, sometimes temporary marshes, ponds, bogs, lakes, slow streams.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Late July to early November

This species has the latest flight period of any dragonfly in Minnesota.

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

After mating, the female, still attached to the male, lays eggs by dipping the tip of the abdomen in water. She will often alternately dip the tip of her abdomen in shallow water and then in mud. Eggs overwinter and hatch in the spring. The nymphs emerge at night in August.

 
     
 

Nymph Food

 
 

Larvae of mosquitos and other aquatic insects, mayfly naids, freshwater shrimp, and very small fish and tadpoles.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Small, soft-bodied flying insects, including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants and termites.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 16, 18, 24.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

Common, often locally abundant

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)  
 

Suborder

Epiprocta  
  Infraorder Anisoptera (dragonflies)  
 

Superfamily

Cavilabiata  
 

Family

Libellulidae (skimmers)  
 

Genus

Sympetrum  
       
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Diplax vicina

 
       
 

Common Names

 
  autumn meadowhawk  
     
 

This species was formerly called yellow-legged meadowhawk, after the yellow legs of the juvenile. Mature adults have brown legs, a characteristic that still distinguishes them from all other meadowhawks. Tthe name was recently changed.o avoid confusion and misidentification.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Published on Oct 9, 2013

Autumn Meadowhawks (Sympetrum vicinum) ovipositing at Bass Lake at Maplewood State Park in Minnesota. The three steps are highlighted in the slow-motion clips. 1) Hover while female adds eggs to the drop of water at her abdomen tip 2) male-initiated dive and strike to the moss 3) female-intiated backward movement and dip into water for another drop of water. Filmed October 6, 2013.

 
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Is this an Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)? Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Calls, The Bluffs, Pierce Beach, Somerset, Massachusetts, Monday midday, September 23, 2013, 10:58 AM / 11:02 AM / 11:05 AM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_49087 / MVI_49098 / MVI_49109; 3:38 min.

 
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Autumn Meadowhawk in Connecticut Hills state forest eating an insect.

 
       

 

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Location: Joy Park, Maplewood, MN

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