Blue-faced Meadowhawk - Sympetrum ambiguum (Rambur, 1842)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Reported locally on the coastal plain.

Most often found near temporary woodland ponds and swamps.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 13 August
Late Date: 24 September

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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A pastel blue forehead and face, bluish eyes and a gray and brown striped thorax distinguish it from other meadowhawks. Females are similar but the red of the abdomen is replaced by brown.


Conservation Status:
State: S2 Imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range