Grassy meadows, ponds with abundant emergent vegetation
Throughout the United States and southern Canada
Least Concern (IUCN Red List)
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
Male band-winged meadowhawks are orange-red with a rusty colored patch on the wings close to the thorax. Females are muted in color with transparent wings. Body length can be between 1 and 1.5 inches, and wingspan is up to 2.5 inches.
The genus name, Sympetrum, means “with rocks.” Meadowhawks can often be found warming up on rocks.
They tend to fly high, up to 30 feet, and often in pairs.
Band-winged meadowhawks have been taxonomically classified with western meadowhawks and there is still discussion as to whether these are two separate species.
According to iNaturalist, observed at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Manzanita Lake at UNR, Crystal Lake Park, Lazy 5 Regional Park and Palomino Park Site.
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