Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

The following gallery features a Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration: turquoise face; gray thorax; red abdomen with black rings on segments four- to nine; and pale red terminal appendages.

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

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies are relatively uncommon. Dragonflies of Northern Virginia — a Web site created by Kevin Munroe, Manager, Huntley Meadows Park — provides information about Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly habitat that should be helpful in finding this beautiful, rare species.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    The sharpness and colors in your shots of this beautiful dragonfly are amazing. I look forward to seeing a few more shots from your collection of shots of the Blue-faced Meadowhawk.

  2. waltersanford Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Mike! I updated the post to include hyperlinks to “Dragonflies of Northern Virginia,” a new Web site by Kevin Munroe, Manager, Huntley Meadows Park. There is a lot of good info at Kevin’s site.

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