Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (females)

Female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) are polymorphic. Huh? Polymorphic dragonflies occur …

in more than one form or color within one sex and age class of a species. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 11683-11684). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Andromorphs are the …

bright (usually male-like) morph in female odonates with two color morphs. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 11549-11550). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Heteromorphs are the …

dull morph in female odonates with two color morphs. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 11621-11622). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Andromorphic Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies, like the female shown below, are less common than heteromorphs. Andromorphs have a red abdomen with black rings, like male Blue-faced Meadowhawks; unlike males, most female faces are tan and their terminal appendages look different than male appendages.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

The following photo shows a heteromorphic Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly. Heteromorphs have a tan abdomen with black rings.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Both of these female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies were spotted along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. More photos of the red- and tan morphs will be featured in future posts.

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