White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

North Carolina is the southern edge of this species where it is considered very rare and known only from one mountain county. It is common in much of its range which goes coast to coast in Canada and the northern half of the US.
White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
Opening in wet forest near Mud Lake Bog, Cheboygan Co., MI
23 Aug 2008

Adult male shows diagnostic white face. All others are reportedly inseparable in the field from Ruby Meadowhawk.

White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
Opening in wet forest near Mud Lake Bog, Cheboygan Co., MI
23 Aug 2008

White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
Opening in wet forest near Mud Lake Bog, Cheboygan Co., MI
23 Aug 2008


White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
St. Clair Co., MI
7 July 2012


White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
St. Clair Co., MI
7 July 2012


female meadowhawk Female meadowhawk, either Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum) or White-faced (S. obtrusum)
St. Clair Co., MI
7 July 2012

Distinguishing females of these species is often not possible without examining genitalia.


White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2014

White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
Bitterroot River Floodplain, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2014

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