Saffron Winged Meadowhawk, Sympetrum costiferum

The saffron-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in most areas of Canada and in central and northern areas of the United States. It reaches an average length of 1.4 inches and is similar in appearance to the white-faced meadowhawk and ruby meadowhawk. Both males and females have yellowish-brown abdomens that turn red in color as they mature. The wings of young individuals and females have golden or saffron markings, the trait from which the species received its common name and some females hold reddish markings near the base of the wings. The legs of this species are striped with yellow, black, or red.

Image Caption: Saffron-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum), male, Chiniguichi River Park, Temagami, Ontario, Canada. Credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)