Meadowhawk (Sympetrum)  Margo Hughes

Meadowhawk (Sympetrum) Margo Hughes

Meadowhawk (Sympetrum) dragonfly - Margo Hughes

Meadowhawk (Sympetrum) dragonfly – Margo Hughes

I was able to photograph this female or young male dragonfly yesterday in the garden of a neighbour’s house on Amundsen Ave. The owner of this house is a real gardener and this dragonfly was resting on a lovely orange Tuberous Begonia.

Margo Hughes, Peterborough

N.B. The species is probably a White-faced, Cherry-faced or Ruby Meadowhawk from the genus Sympetrum. Other than the male White-faced (red, with a bright white face), these dragonflies are very hard to tell apart and usually require close examination of male hamules or female genital plates to confirm identification. D.M.

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.