Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Autumn Meadowhawk

Sympetrum vicinum

Hagen, 1861
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The Autumn Meadowhawk, formerly called the Yellow-legged Meadowhawk, is a slender, pale, late-flying species. It has minimal black markings and the wings are slightly amber at the bases. Males and some mature females have red abdomens. In younger individuals, the abdomen is brown. The legs are yellow, except in some mature males, which have reddish-brown legs.

Uncommon. This is a pond species with eastern and western populations.The eastern population reaches the western edge of its range inwestern Nebraska. It is a late season species and the scarcity ofrecords may just reflect the absence of collecting when the speciesis most abundant. Autumn and Saffron-winged are the only meadowhawks inNebraska in October and Saffron-winged is definitely more widespreadand abundant.

Autumn Meadowhawk
Autumn Meadowhawk

Photo courtesy of Loren and Babs Padelford.

Size: 31-35 mm (1.2-1.4 in)

Habitat: ponds, marshes and slow streams

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: early July to mid October

Autumn Meadowhawk map

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


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