Other Flying Objects- Band-Winged Meadowhawk

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 14 Aug 2013

Meadowhawks (genus Sympetrum) can be pretty tough to ID in the field without handling them and inspecting them with a hand lens, but Band-winged Meadowhawks are a nice exception.  They’re the only meadowhawk in our region with dark patches on all four wings.

Band-wingeds have been the most common meadowhawks I’ve seen the last several weeks around Burlington, and a Monday walk in Centennial Woods was no exception.  Here’s a juvenile male, with very pale markings on the forewings:

 

Band-winged Meadowhawk

Band-winged Meadowhawk (male)
Centennial Woods, Burlington, VT
August, 2013
Tamron AF18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 AF Di II at 200mm, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO320

And an adult female:

Band-winged Meadowhawk

Band-winged Meadowhawk (female)
Centennial Woods, Burlington, VT
August, 2013
Tamron AF18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 AF Di II at 200mm, f/16, 1/125s, ISO320

 

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