band-winged meadowhawk

(Sympetrum semicinctum)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

band-winged meadowhawk

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon or locally common

Flight/Season

Late June to late September

Habitat

Small ponds, shallow marshes.

Size

Total Length: to 13 16

    Photo by Kari Miller
 
Identification

This is a small meadowhawk.

The thorax is brown and is covered with brown hairs.

On juveniles the abdomen is dark brown with a black lateral stripe on each side. On mature males it is red. Females appear in two forms. On red form females the abdomen is red. On yellow form females it is whitish-yellow. All mature individuals have a black triangular marking on each side of each abdominal segment which, taken together, form a jagged, black line.

The face is yellow to brown.

The legs are black.

The inner third of the forewing is amber. The inner half of the hindwing, from the point of attachment to the wing notch (nodus) is amber. All of the wing veins are black. In males and most females, the outer portion of the amber area on the hindwing is darkened, forming a band. The outer portion of both wings is clear except for the dark stigma on the leading edge of each wing.

On the eastern form band-winged meadowhawk (S. s. semicinctum) each wing is amber from the base to the node. On the hindwings, it darkens in the outer region becoming a dark brown nodal band. The thorax is brown. On the western form band-winged meadowhawk (S. s. occidentale) all wings have diffuse amber coloring from the base to the node. The thorax is yellow to brown and there are narrow black lines on the side in the form of an irregular W. Eastern form band-winged meadowhawk lacks these markings. Both forms occur in Minnesota.

 
Similar
Species

Saffron-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum) veins within the amber wing patch are reddish or orange, not black.

 
Larval Food

 

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

Eggs are laid among plants emerging from the water at the edges of ponds and in marshes while the female is still in tandem with the male.

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Distribution Map   Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 16, 18, 24, 29, 30.
  Sympetrum semicinctum S. s. occidentale   S. s. semicinctum    
 
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Taxonomy
Western meadowhawk was formerly considered as a separate species, Sympetrum occidentale. A recent molecular and morphological study (Dohlen, 2007) showed that the two species are identical at two genetic loci and that the morphological characters used to distinguish them overlapped. However, the geographic variation is distinct and is predictable. For that reason, the subspecies names have been preserved.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

 

Suborder:

Epiprocta

 

Infraorder:

Anisoptera (dragonflies)

 

Superfamily:

Cavilabiata

 

Family:

Libellulidae (skimmers)

 
Subordinate Taxa

eastern band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum semicinctum)

western meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum californicum)

western meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum fasciatum)

western meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum occidentale)

 
Synonyms

Sympetrum occidentale

 
Common
Names

band-winged meadowhawk

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Nodus

On a dragonfly, the small notch on the lead edge of each wing about halfway between the body and the tip.

 

Stigma

In plants, the portion of the female part of the flower that is receptive to pollen. In Lepidoptera, an area of specialized scent scales on the forewing of some skippers, hairstreaks, and moths. In Odonata, a thickened, dark or opaque cell near the tip of the wing on the leading edge.

 

 

       
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Adult male Band-winged Meadowhawk on a leaf in the prairie in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

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Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum) at Lake Byllesby Dakota County Park near Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on September 14th, 2010.

   
       
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Photographed in the strong prairie wind at the Glacial Ridge NWR, Minnesota (07 July 2010).

   
       
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Band-winged Meadow Hawk Sympetrum semicinctum, female, eating an insect and dash off to catch anotehr insect and gulp it up is short time.

   
       
  Band-winged Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum semicinctum) on Ground
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Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (16 August 2010).

   
       
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Western Meadowhawk dragonfly (presumably) filmed at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia - summer 2010.

   
       

 

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Norm & Peg Dibble
8/3/2019

Location: Maple Grove, MN

On 08/3/2019 there was a Dragonfly on our tall Joe Pye Weed plant. Fortunately, it stayed still long enough for me to get a few nice photos of it. I’m wondering if it is one of the Meadowhawk Dragonflies?

band-winged meadowhawk


Lynn Rubey
8/3/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

Adult male Band-winged Meadowhawk on a leaf in the prairie in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

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Kari Miller
7/16/2019

Location: Austin, MN - Mower County

I think my ID is correct, if not I'd love to know which species it is.

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John Valo
7/16/2019

Your ID is correct. This is the eastern form S. s. semicinctum.


     
     
 
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