Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

An Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum vicinum) spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a female, as indicated by the flanges beneath its eighth abdominal segment (used to scoop and hold a few drops of water during oviposition), and by the terminal appendages at the end of its abdomen.

Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back.

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