autumn meadowhawk

(Sympetrum vicinum)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

autumn meadowhawk

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common, often locally abundant

Flight/Season

Late July to early November

Habitat

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

Size

Wingspan: 13 16 to

Total Length: 1 to 1

 

Identification

This 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.

 
Similar
Species

All other meadowhawks have black or black-striped legs.


Naiad 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.

 
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.

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 16, 18.

Comments

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


Taxonomy

Order:

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

 

Suborder:

Epiprocta

 

Infraorder:

Anisoptera (dragonflies)

 

Superfamily:

Cavilabiata

 

Family:

Libellulidae (skimmers)

 
Synonyms

Diplax vicina

 
Common
Names

autumn meadowhawk

yellow-legged meadowhawk (former name)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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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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Published on Oct 4, 2013

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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Uploaded on Sep 1, 2011

Autumn Meadowhawk in Connecticut Hills state forest eating an insect.

 
     

 

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