Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (female, red morph)

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Andromorphic Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum), like the female shown above, 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.

This individual was spotted along the boardwalk during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park on 18 September 2013; it is the same female featured in “Eye injury,” posted on 15 October 2013.

Strong backlighting by the Sun made it challenging to shoot properly exposed photographs. The following gallery features a few “arty” shots that are less technically perfect than the single image, shown above, where the Sun was to the left of my camera and the subject.

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 in a six-part series of posts featuring Blue-faced Meadowhawks, one of my favorite dragonflies.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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