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Variegated Meadowhawks (Sympetrum corruptum)

September 28th, 2013

This dragonfly is unusual in a couple of ways.  First, it has a very non-uniform coloration (which made it tough to identify when I was just starting out.) Second, while it is found throughout much of the US, it also one of the few dragonflies that migrate. Not much is known about the migration patterns and research is on going.

This is a great example of the color differences common between male and female dragonflies.

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – Female – Antioch, CA

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – Male – Antioch, CA

Meadowhawks are perchers. That makes this shot possible.

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – Male – Antioch, CA

 

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