Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (females)

The following photo shows an Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum vicinum) spotted along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 15 October 2013. This individual is a female, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. Notice the dark-colored insect extending from the dragonfly’s mouth, near the bottom of its face.

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

I spotted another female, shown below, at the same location a day later. Some dragonflies are creatures of habit that return to the same spot day after day; these two dragonflies may be the same individual!

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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