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  • Orange Meadowhawk - (Sympetrum spp.)

    Orange Meadowhawk - (Sympetrum spp.)

    A long abdomen and bright orange body contrasts with the natural habitat of Orange Meadowhawks making it easier to spot them in the wild.

    Picture of Orange Meadowhawk
    Staff Writer (8/25/2017): A boldly colored dragonfly, Orange Meadowhawks can be found on grasses and reeds in ponds, streams and lakes. They also venture away from water sources and have been spotted in fields and meadows. Adults eat small insects like flies, mosquitoes, moths, ants, and mayflies. Naiads (juveniles) are aquatic, remaining in water after hatching and they feed on small crustaceans, aquatic insects and detritus. They look nothing like dragonflies, lacking wings, having short alligator-like bodies, and large pincers for jaws that they use to constantly eat. When they have developed enough to molt, they leave the water and come on land. After molting, they are winged adults.

    The presence of Dragonflies in a body of water is usually a sign of a clean, healthy ecosystem. Naiads are somewhat sensitive to pollution, which can cripple their ability to mature into adults.

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    Orange Meadowhawk

    Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
    Common name: Orange Meadowhawk
    Scientific Name: Sympetrum spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Odonata
          Family: Libellulidae
           Genus: Sympetrum
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 35mm to 72mm (1.38in to 2.83in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, black, red, green

    Additional Descriptors: forward, clear, wings, stripes, marks, face, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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