Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Variegated Meadowhawk is often the earliest dragonfly to been seen in the spring in Nebraska. The thorax has two side stripes ending in yellow spots, which in mature males often fade, leaving only the spots. The abdomen is gray with white side spots and dark spots on the top of segments 8 and 9. Older males also have red abdominal markings; females and immature males have orange abdominal markings.
Variegated Meadowhawk male
Size: 32-43 mm (1.6 in)
Habitat: still water and slow streams
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: mid April to mid October
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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