Macro – Moments Week 15


Last of the Dragonflies

While hiking Sunday, I came onto this Band-Winged Meadowhawk. A warm fall has extended its season. Some dragonflies will warm up and survive into November , even December. It chose this Dogwood as its post – a most convenient camo spot.

Nikon D5200, 300mm at 5′, 125s, f/10, ISO 200

For Week 15  of Musin’ with Susan’s Macro moments

11 thoughts on “Macro – Moments Week 15

  1. Laura

    Lovely photo. It’s actually an Autumn Meadowhawk. They are that beautiful red, but if you look closely you’ll see it has yellow legs which is one of the field marks for this dragonfly.

    1. the Ordinary Hiker Post author

      I considered the Autumn Meadowhawk, but the guide I was looking at showed a darker wing with no band. I’m still learning this amazing creatures. I spotted them a year ago and thought I could find them again. I did, but this one is also smaller than what I remember spotting last year.

  2. Laura

    Autumn Meadowhawks are seen quite late in the season. I have a photo of one just barely out of the teneral stage that’s such a pale yellow that is practically see through, and that photo was taken in the first week of August. I’m not sure how long it takes for them to turn red, but I’d guess it’s a few weeks,at least. The band on the Band-winged is really quite large, covering almost half of the wings, it’s very prominent. I’ve got a few photos of them on my WordPress website, but they are still fairly yellow., not the pretty red like your photo. You should check out Odonata Central. It’s a good website, the layout is very user friendly. Anyway, it’s a lovely photo!

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