Blue-faced Meadowhawk (immature female)

A Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) was spotted at Occoquan Regional Park (ORP), Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature female, as indicated by her coloration and terminal appendages.

24 JUN 2018 | ORP | Blue-faced Meadowhawk (immature female)

Now you see her; 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.

Editor’s Note

Sincere thanks to my good friend Mike Boatwright, administrator of the Virginia Odonata Facebook group, for verifying my tentative identification.

Copyright © 2018 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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