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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 0

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White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) main photo: Scott King. 2015-07-03 Roseau County, MN; inset photo: Curt Oien.
Compare with: Autumn Meadowhawk   Ruby Meadowhawk   Band-winged Meadowhawk   Cherry-faced Meadowhawk  
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Note: these identification tips apply specifically to mature males; features may differ in immature males and females.
Male White-faced, Cherry-faced, and Ruby Meadowhawks cannot be identified reliably without a clear closeup photo of the hamule; see inset photo below.

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distribution One of many far Northern meadowhawks, this species' southern end of the range barely reaches NC, where limited to the extreme northern mountains. Records only for Ashe, Watauga, and Avery counties.
abundance Presumed rare in the very limited portion of the range, though it has been found in recent years in each of the three counties within the known range.
flight Mid-summer to fall only, with the NC records from 8 August to 2 October.
habitat Still or slow-moving water of lakes, ponds, slow sections of streams, marshes, and bogs.
behavior Adults forage in nearby fields or clearings near water, perching on the tips of grasses and forbs.
comments Males have intense red abdomens and a white face, rendering them very striking. However, Ruby Meadowhawk males are also bright red, though their face is not white. Ted Wilcox has provided several excellent photos from Ashe County, which provided a new county record; Curtis Smalling photographed one in 2011 from Watauga County; and Ed Corey added an Avery County record in 2008. Duncan Cuyler's database has a record just for Watauga County.
state_status SR
S_rank S1
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G_rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for White-faced Meadowhawk

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-08-08, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area - Ruby Meadowhawks also seen this day. Although the white face coloration is suggestive of S. obtrusum, positive identification to species is not possible based on this photo because it does not clearly show the hamules.
Photo by: Ted WIlcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2005-10-02, male. Although the white face coloration is suggestive of S. obtrusum, positive identification to species is not possible based on this photo because it does not clearly show the hamules.
Photo by: Ted WIlcox

Comment: Ashe, 2005-09-18,