Autumn Meadowhawk - Sympetrum vicinum (Hagen, 1861)

Range & Habitat:

Recorded from spotty locations around the state, leading one to suspect it should be elsewhere. One of our latest odes, they fly into December even in north Jersey.

Found around all sorts of slow waters, usually more common near woodlands.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 21 June
Late Date: 8 December

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Males are mostly red, lacking the black abdominal triangles of most of our other meadowhawks. Instead they have variable black markings laterally and dorsally on segments 8-10. Females are recognized by the prominent projecting subgenital plate. Contrary to the name, legs range from yellow to brown or even reddish.

The vagrant Saffron-winged Meadowhawk is quite similar and should be looked for.

Conservation Status:
State: S5 Demonstrably secure in the state
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range