Band-winged Meadowhawk - Sympetrum semicinctum (Say, 1839)

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

Range & Habitat:

Recorded from the northern 1/2 of the state and isolated locations in the south.

Usually found near marshy areas in or near woodlands; it is one of our less common meadowhawks.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 24 June
Late Date: 4 October

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Sheryl Chacon
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Recognized by the brown band extending about halfway out the hindwing, with a variable amount of brown on the forewing as well. Caution: some other meadowhawks may show orange at the base of the wing but it seldom forms the well defined band seen here.


Conservation Status:
State: S3S4 Apparently secure but should be watched
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range