Previews of coming attractions

Two Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) were spotted at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). Both individuals are teneral females, as indicated by their coloration and terminal appendages.

No. 1

A Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral female.

31 MAY 2016 | HMP | Blue-faced Meadowhawk (teneral female)

No. 2

Although Female No. 2 has a malformed hind wing she was able to fly, albeit weakly.

A Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral female with a malformed wing.

31 MAY 2016 | HMP | Blue-faced Meadowhawk (teneral female)

A Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral female with a malformed wing.

31 MAY 2016 | HMP | Blue-faced Meadowhawk (teneral female)

Now you see ’em; now you don’t.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies are classified as a fall species of odonate. In the mid-Atlantic United States, meadowhawks seem to disappear for several months after they emerge during early summer and reappear during fall. Where do they go? No one knows for sure. I speculate Blue-faced Meadowhawks are an arboreal species of dragonfly that returns to the ground/water when it’s time to mate.

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4 Responses to “Previews of coming attractions”

  1. Return to terra firma | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] were observed at Huntley Meadows Park during late-May and early-June 2016, documented in Previews of coming attractions by Walter Sanford. (Hey, that’s me!) A pull quote from that blog post explains the title of […]

  2. Time to mate | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] A mating pair of Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) was spotted at a vernal pool in Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). The vernal pool, currently dry, is the same one where teneral Blue-faced Meadowhawks were observed during late-May and early-June 2016. […]

  3. More previews of coming attractions | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Notes: This belated post is a companion piece for Previews of coming attractions, published on 04 June 2016, that documented teneral Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum […]

  4. Now playing at a theater near you… | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Previews of coming attractions – first sighting of teneral Blue-faced Meadowhawks in 2016 […]

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