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Sympetrum semicinctum  (Say, 1839)
Band-winged Meadowhawk


Libellulidae, Skimmer Family

The meadowhawks form a group of small, late-season skimmers that can be difficult to tell apart. The Kalosympetrum subgenus in particular, which includes the ruby, white-faced, cherry-faced, and Jane's meadowhawks, are often difficult to distinguish and their taxonomic status is not in agreement among experts. To identify meadowhawks, notice the coloration of the face, legs, and wing veins in addition to the body. Mature males in all species, except for the black meadowhawk, have red markings, including females in some species.

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This red-brownish dragonfly has amber patches at the bases of the hindwings. Females are similar but lighter in color than the males. There are two female forms: a red form with a red abdomen, and a yellow form with a yellow abdomen. The length of the body varies from 0.9 to 1.2 inches.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Found throughout United States except for southernmost states and southern Canada, this species does not usually occur in large numbers. It is usually found at shallow marshy areas with slow currents. In Wisconsin, it is locally distributed in scattered habitats throughout the state.

Flight Season:

Early July to mid-September in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
2%
(6)
26%
(65)
35%
(88)
33%
(84)
4%
(10)
Shading illustrates monthly percentages of the total flight season records for the species. Each flight season record is a unique date/location/observer combination where one or more adult or an exuvia was recorded (excludes nymphs). The actual number of flight season records for each month is shown in parentheses.

Flight seasons begin earlier in the southern part of the state, often by a week or more. Also, flight charts may not be accurate for rare species because of few data available.
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Photo of Mature male band-winged meadowhawk
Mature male band-winged meadowhawk. © Dan Jackson

Mature male band-winged meadowhawk
Photo of Mature male band-winged meadowhawk
Mature male band-winged meadowhawk. © Dan Jackson

Mature male band-winged meadowhawk
Photo of Intermediate male band-winged meadowhawk
Intermediate male band-winged meadowhawk. © Dan Jackson

Intermediate male band-winged meadowhawk
Photo of Immature male band-winged meadowhawk
Immature male band-winged meadowhawk. © Dan Jackson

Immature male band-winged meadowhawk
Photo of Yellow-form female band-winged meadowhawk
Yellow-form female band-winged meadowhawk. © Dan Jackson

Yellow-form female band-winged meadowhawk
Photo of Red-form female band-winged meadowhawk
Red-form female band-winged meadowhawk. © Dan Jackson

Red-form female band-winged meadowhawk



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