The End

Sadly …

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end.
The End, by The Doors

Late-fall/early winter is the end of dragonfly season in the mid-Atlantic region and literally the end for a couple of dead Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park on 15 November 2013. Both carcasses were located along the boardwalk, under a canopy of trees near the observation tower.

The author is unable to identify either the gender or the cause of death for the first individual, lying ventral side up (shown below). At least two scenarios are possible. 1) The dragonfly died of natural cause(s) and was partially eaten afterward. 2) The dragonfly was killed by a predator, most likely a bird, since no other adult dragonfly species are on the wing in mid-November.

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (carcass)

Photo 1. Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (carcass, gender unknown).

The second individual (shown below) is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. The carcass looks desiccated, like the dragonfly was freeze-dried. Mike Powell, a fellow wildlife photographer and blogger, observed frost on the boardwalk during the early morning on the 15th.

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (male, carcass)

Photo 2. Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (carcass, male).

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.


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One Response to “The End”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Rest in peace, colorful little dragonflies.

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