White-faced meadowhawk

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White-faced Meadowhawk
Female Sympetrum obtrusum in central Connecticut, 2008-07-21.jpg
Immature female, central Connecticut
White-faced Meadowhawk, Temagami.jpg
Mature male, Temagami, Ontario
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Sympetrum
Species: S. obtrusum
Binomial name
Sympetrum obtrusum
(Hagen, 1867)

The White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) is a dragonfly of the genus Sympetrum. It is found in the northern United States and southern Ontario. Adult males are identifiable by a distinctive pure white face and red bodies.[1]

Female white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

Similar species[edit]

Juvenile White-faced Meadowhawks are almost indistinguishable from the Ruby and Cherry-faced Meadowhawks. The three species habitats also overlap extensively. White-faces can be identified by having white faces, as the name implies, at maturity.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dunkle, S.W., Dragonflies through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America. New York:Oxford University Press, 2000:201.

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