“Odonates are variable.”

Most male Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) have pale red terminal appendages. Not this guy!

Odonates are variable. Color patterns, although often indicative, are not always definitive for identification. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 724-725). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

I spent several weeks during September and October 2013 searching for Blue-Faced Meadowhawks at Huntley Meadows Park. The following male is the only one I spotted with black appendages. I guess he felt like letting his freak flag fly!

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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