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Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
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Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

General: Variegated Meadowhawks (Sympetrum corruptum) are active daytime fliers often seen in the desert far from water. Males are recognized by the red and olive-brown patterns on the back, and blue-white thoracic stripes with yellow spots on the ventral end. The blue-white stripes on the thorax start with a yellow spot. The wings are clear, except for the two-tone stigma (small yellow and brown patch on the leading edge at the end of the wings). In females, the color pattern is similar, but not as bright.

These active creatures are harmless to humans, but they are voracious predators of small flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes. There are some good places for Watching Dragonflies Around Las Vegas.

Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

Taxonomy: Order Odonata, Suborder Anisoptera, Family Libellulidae.

Comments: This is the common dragonfly in the open desert around Las Vegas. If you see a dragonfly a long ways from water, it likely is this species.

Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) Variegated Meadowhawk; notice the two-tone stigma (black arrow) and yellow spots on the end of the thoracic stripes (yellow arrows).
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) Variegated Meadowhawk male; note the bright colors, yellow spots in the thoracic lines, and two-tone stigma.
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) Variegated Meadowhawk female; note the muted colors, but it still has a two-tone stigma.
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) Variegated Meadowhawks mating
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Variegated Meadowhawk male
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Variegated Meadowhawk female
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It is unusual to see this species resting on the ground
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Blythe, CA
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Mating circle
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Albuquerque, NM
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Bitter Lake NWR, NM
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Bitter Lake NWR, NM
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Big Bend National Park, TX
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Male with few of the usual field marks
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Male with few of the usual field marks, but note one yellow spot
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Pale female with few of the usual field marks
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Pale female with few of the usual field marks
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Fresh, young bug
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Sometimes there is a red sheen in the wings
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Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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