Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Red-veined Meadowhawk

Sympetrum madidum

Hagen, 1861

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The wings of juvenile Red-veined Meadowhawks are amber at the base. With maturity, the entire wing becomes brownish. In mature males, some of the wing veins become red. The males have red bodies and the females have yellowish bodies. Both have white thoracic stripes which end in yellow spots. The stripes fade as the males age, leaving only the spots. It is a rare west coast species with scattered records east to NorthDakota and Nebraska, but only recorded from Dawes and Box Butte Counties.

Red-veined Meadowhawk


Size: 42-45 mm (1.7 in)

Habitat: marshy temporary ponds

Great Plains Range: NE, ND, CO, WY, MT

Flight season: early July

Red-veined Meadowhawk map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


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