Orange Meadowhawk (Sympetrum spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Orange Meadowhawk.
Updated: 8/25/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A long abdomen and bright orange body contrasts with the natural habitat of Orange Meadowhawks making it easier to spot them in the wild.
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.