Blue-faced Meadowhawk

Sympetrum ambiguum (Rambur, 1842)

(sym•PET•rum  am•BIG•you•um)



Quick Identification Tips

  • Only North American species with blue-tinted frons.
  • Thorax grayish in color.
  • Abdomen markings nearly form black rings.



Similar Species

Genetically and morphologically this species is closest to Sympetrum pallipes and Sympetrum obtrusum.


Natural History

The habitat preferred by this species is temporary ponds in flood plains adjacent large rivers. These ponds are most often surrounded quite completely by deciduous woodlands.


Minnesota Status

Removed from the Minnesota species list after specimens of historic records were examined and found to be erroneously identified.


Journal Notes


Odonata Journal: Volume Five (2012)



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