Cavalcade of color, continued

Continuing with the theme of colorful dragonflies that began in my last post, this photo gallery showcases the last Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted during Fall 2015.

This individual is a male, as indicated by his coloration and terminal appendages. Males feature an unusual palette of colors that just seems to work!

I followed this guy to several places around a small meadow near a vernal pool located in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. Blue-faced Meadowhawks are habitat specialists: they are always found near water in a forested location; the type of water body seems less important than its proximity to a forest. For this reason, I contend that Autumn Meadowhawks are an arboreal species of dragonfly.

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