The Meadowhawks, genus Sympetrum



Minnesota is an interesting place. Four distinct watersheds—the Mississippi River, the Missouri River, the Red River of the North, and the Great Lakes—divide the state. At the most basic level, the state can be descibed by no less than six distinct ecoregions. The transitions transecting the state diagonally along the geological feature of the glacial moraines.


Several species reach the northern limits of the their biogeographical ranges in Minnesota. Another, Sympetrum madidum, reaches its easternmost limit in the tall-grass aspen parkland region of northwestern Minnesota.


Polk County, in northwestern Minnesota, has the distinction of having records for all nine species of meadowhawk known to the state.