Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Band-winged Meadowhawk

Sympetrum semicinctum fasciatum

Say, 1839

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The basal half of each wing of the Band-winged Meadowhawk is a rich amber color. In the Nebraska subspecies, S. semicinctum fasciatum, the colored area is paler next to the body and darker towards the middle of the wing. The male is red and the female is yellowish. Both sexes have dark side stripes on the abdomen and dark spots on top of segments 8 and 9. Some odonatologists call this dragonfly the Western Meadowhawk (Sympetrum occidentale fasciatum).

Band-winged Meadowhawk
Band-winged Meadowhawk

Size: 28-40 mm (1.1-1.6 in)

Habitat: weedy ponds and marshes

Great Plains Range: OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, IA, MN

Flight season: June to September

Band-winged Meadowhawk map

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

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Citation: Paseka, J. M. 2013. Nebraska dragonflies and damselflies. URL