Band-Winged Meadowhawk

Scientific Name:

Sympetrum semicinctum

Type:

Invertebrate

Habitat:

Grassy meadows, ponds with abundant emergent vegetation

Range:

Throughout the United States and southern Canada

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 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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Last Updated:

July 1, 2021, 6:10:26 PM