A Cherry-Faced Meadowhawk

Sympetrium internum
July 17, 2011

  A mystery solved: The small and friendly orange dragonfly has matured into a deep red. That would make the dragonfly a cherry-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrium internum).
cherry-faced meadowhawk, dragonfly
  The orange form of the meadowhawk could have been three different types, and it seems reasonable to me to conclude cherry-faced meadowhawk on the basis of that's what I'm encountering.

The next photo is more scenic than an ID photo, but I like it.

cherry-faced meadowhawk, dragonfly
  Incidentally, the meadowhawk is perching on a milkweed leaf. (Thus far this summer, no monarch caterpillars on the milkweed, but I'm hoping.)

Photo note: The first photo was taken with the Pentax K20D and the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens on 14 July 2011, in the Toftrees game land. The second two, taken in the same area, but with the Pentax SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, on 15 July 2011.

Two other dragonflies, a red dragonfly, and a twelve-spotted skimmer

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