white-faced meadowhawk

(Sympetrum obtrusum)

Conservation Status
white-faced meadowhawk
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The legs are black. The leading wing veins are black.

On juveniles the thorax is yellow without black markings.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 1

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Marshes, ponds, lakes, slow-moving streams, and occasionally bogs

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Mid-June to late October

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nymph Food

 
 

 

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Small flying insects

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 16, 18, 24.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)  
 

Suborder

Epiprocta  
  Infraorder Anisoptera (dragonflies)  
 

Superfamily

Cavilabiata  
 

Family

Libellulidae (skimmers)  
 

Genus

Sympetrum  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

white-faced meadowhawk

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  White-faced Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum obtrusum) Female on Leaf
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Aug 21, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (20 August 2010). Go here to see a wonderful photograph of a mating pair of White-faced Meadowhawks: http://www.botany.wisc.edu/spalding/naturephotos/botanygarden/whtfacemeadohwk2.htm

 
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About

Uploaded on Aug 20, 2011

Common Name: White-faced Meadowhawk
Species: Sympetrum obtrusum
Location: Leicester, Massachusetts
Date: July 9, 2011
Time: 5:00 pm eastern time.
Note: Dragonfly. Perched on bush. Trusting behavior.

Canon 60d
Sigma 18-0mm f/2.8-4.5
Raynox 250

Music: Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II, Tableau 3, Pas de deux, b. Variation I)

 
  White-faced Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum obtrusum) Male on Grassblade
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 20, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (20 August 2010). Go here to watch a 6-minute video that tells about how Kurt Mead is helping others to learn more about Minnesota's Dragonflies : http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/nongame/videos/dragonflies.html

 
  White-faced Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum obtrusum) Female
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2009

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (20 July 2009).

 
  White-faced Meadowhawk (Libellulidae: Sympetrum obtrusum) on Leaf
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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2009

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (18 August 2009).

 
       

 

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  Alfredo Colon
10/16/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

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  Alfredo Colon
7/31/2018

Location: Woodbury, MN

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  Helen
August 2014

Location: Northfield MN

I've been seeing lots of these, both male and female, in my garden and have been trying to identify them. Also seen recently: hemaris thysbe and hemaris diffinis, plus a number of beautiful ebony jewelwings in the Carleton College arboretum. Thank you for your helpful photos and website!

 
           
 
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