Variable color patterns, continued

The abdomen of most male Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) is entirely red. Not this guy!

[Autumn Meadowhawk] Male: Entirely red, only black narrow median spot on S9; however, some older individuals with additional dark markings toward end of abdomen. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 10686-10687). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Remember that “S9” refers to abdominal Segment 9 (of 10), numbered from front to back. Contrast the appearance of the following male, possibly an older individual, with other males displaying a typical color pattern.

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

The dragonfly, shown above, was spotted during a photowalk along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Variable color patterns, continued”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Nice shot and a good explanation. I was perplexed when I looked at some of my shots and noticed this same phenomenon. (The fact that we shot together multiple times, of course, means that we may have photographed the same individuals with the same variations.)

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