Today, I grabbed my camera and did a few laps around the pond hoping to find a cooperative Autumn Meadowhawk. It took a while to wade through all the Striped Meadowhawks and find something different, but eventually I noticed one that was just a touch smaller and had a brighter, poppy red abdomen. My next step was to check out the thorax to ensure it didn't have the telltale stripes of a Striped Meadowhawk. Everything was looking promising as the individual in question had a solid bronzy-red thorax. Then, to seal the deal, the diagnostic yellow-brown leg check, which also passed my inspection. To put the icing on the cake, the Autumn Meadowhawk was posing nicely on a rush. I crouched down and snapped off several shots before it zipped off as a darner darted low over it.
|Poppy red abdomen... check! Solid bronzy-red thorax... check! Yellow-brown legs... check! Perfect Autumn Meadowhawk!|
Although it will appear quite obvious from close-up photos, I nabbed a few shots of a Striped Meadowhawk for comparison.
|The stripes on the side and front of the thorax are a dead giveaway you've got a Striped Meadowhawk!|
Dragonfly diversity is still quite high, so get out to your local pond and see what you can find. Perhaps you'll be able to put your Autumn Meadowhawk skills to the test?