Another new species discovered at JMAWR

A Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) was spotted near Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. As far as I know, this is the first official record of Blue-faced Meadowhawk at JMAWR.

This individual is a female andromorph, as indicated by her male-like coloration, lack of hamules, and terminal appendages.

A female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an andromorph.

15 SEP 2015 | JMAWR | Blue-faced Meadowhawk (female andromorph)

Unlike male Blue-faced Meadowhawks, most female faces are tan.

A female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an andromorph.

15 SEP 2015 | JMAWR | Blue-faced Meadowhawk (female andromorph)

This female is the only Blue-faced Meadowhawk I saw during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond — let’s hope she’s one of many more I didn’t see!

A female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an andromorph.

15 SEP 2015 | JMAWR | Blue-faced Meadowhawk (female andromorph)

Related Resource: Post update, published on 15 November 2016, documents another female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly spotted at Mulligan Pond during Fall 2016.

Editor’s Notes: Swift Setwing dragonfly (Dythemis velox) was discovered on 24 June 2016 at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge — the first official record of Swift Setwing in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. For more information, see Swift Setwing dragonfly by Michael Powell and Making new friends by Walter Sanford.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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6 Responses to “Another new species discovered at JMAWR”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Cool find, Walter. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for them during visits there in the next few weeks.

  2. Post update | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

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