Cherry-faced Meadowhawk


The Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) is found across northern and central United States and most of Canada. This species overlaps with and is difficult to distinguish from the Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum) and the White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum). There are, however, some clear differences:
1. The mature male of White-faced Meadowhawk is distinctive because of its bright white face (Ruby Meadowhawks can have a dirty white face, but it is never bright white);
2. The female Cherry-faced Meadowhawk has all black legs and a black "moustache" while the female Ruby Meadowhawk has some yellow on her legs and the female White-faced Meadowhawk doesn not have a moustache.

This is a female. Chartierville, Quebec, Canada, 5 August 2017

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