The last two …

The following Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) was spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park on 15 October 2013. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

The next day I saw several Blue-faced Meadowhawk males, all very skittish. I was able to shoot one photo (shown below) of the last individual I spotted before it flew up and away into the sunset. True story, straight from a made-for-TV movie.

Not my best work, but the photo preserves a record of the last Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly spotted during Fall 2013. 16 October 2013 currently stands as the latest date Blue-faces have been observed at Huntley Meadows Park, extending the old record of 12 October set in Fall 2012.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

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One Response to “The last two …”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    It will be quite a while before we see those pretty blue faces again, but hopefully we’ll see some other dragonflies soon.

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