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Blue-Faced Meadowhawk, Sympetrum ambiguum

The blue-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in eastern areas of North America. Its range includes areas of Canada and the United states like Ontario, Canada, and the states of Texas, Maryland, and Indiana. It prefers a habitat within woodlands or wooded swamps near ponds. This species is active during the summer and fall months.

The blue-faced meadowhawk reaches an average body length of 1.4 inches and holds a blue face, which is not easily seen but it used to distinguish the species from other hawkers that share its range, like Sympetrum vicinum. The thorax of females and young individuals are typically brown or grey in color, while the abdomens of older males are typically red in color. Both males and females hold six black rings along their abdomens and transparent wings.

The total population number of the blue-faced meadowhawk is thought to be stable and it has no major threats. It does occur in some protected areas in its range. Because of these factors, the blue-faced meadowhawk appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Blue-faced Meadowhawk showing close-up of face. Credit: Gaberlunzi/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Blue-Faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum ambiguum