Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Both sexes of the Ruby Meadowhawk have yellow to brown faces, brown to dark red abdomens, black legs and dark wing veins. Some western individuals have a large area of amber color at the base of the wings. This species is very similar to the Cherry-faced and White-faced Meadowhawk, but this species and Cherry-faced Meadowhawks almost always have a large orangishbasal patch that can reach half way out the wing. White-faced Meadowhawks have only a very small orangish patch at the base of the wings.
Ruby Meadowhawk male
Size: 33-41 mm (1.3 in)
Habitat: temporary ponds
Great Plains Range: KS, NE, SD, CO, WY, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: late June to mid September
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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