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.
This slender, pale-reddish meadowhawk, with minimal black markings, has brown or yellow legs. Formerly called the yellow-legged meadowhawk, this name was recently changed because mature adults have brown legs, which caused confusion for newcomers to the study of dragonflies. The female has a distinctive spout-like subgenital plate, which is easily seen in side view. When immature, it is yellow and becomes red as it matures. The length of the body varies from 1.2 to 1.4 inches.
This species is usually found at bogs, ponds, marshes, lakes, and slow streams. It likes the habitats that are wooded and permanent or sometimes temporary. It is commonly found throughout United States and southernmost Canada. In Wisconsin, it is abundantly distributed throughout the state.
Late July to mid-November in Wisconsin. It is one of the latest dragonflies to emerge during the year.