Band-winged Meadowhawk / Sympétrum semi-ambré
(Sympetrum semicinctum) 

(image at home, September 2nd, 2006. Exposure f/8, 1/250th second, Nikon D50 with Sigma 70-300 mm Apo Macro)

Size/taille: 24-31 mm

Habitat: This species is mainly associated with flooded, well-vegetated, marshy areas in spring-fed ponds or in slow-flowing, spring-fed streams, especially those with sedges.

(image at home, August 23rd, 2011, exposure f/16, 1/60th of a second, ISO 200, Nikon D300s with 300 mm f/4 with 1.4X teleconverter)

Flight period: In New Brunswick, it emerges in early July and flies into early November, making it one of the very last species on the wing. Only the Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) has been recorded later.

Above: Male in flight, Pelerin, NB, August 23rd, 2011

Below: Band-winged Meadowhawk pair, Pelerin, August, 2011

Nature Notes: On average, this is the smallest of the seven species of Meadowhawk found in New Brunswick. Apparently the larvae of this species are rather susceptible to fish predation, so their distribution is somewhat more patchy and localized than other species.

Tags: Account, Band-winged, Meadowhawk, Species, Sympétrum, semi-ambré, semicinctum

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Awesome series, Denis, and a worthy addition to this site.
Ditto what Chris said!  I finally saw one a few days before this post ... I've seen many Meadowhawks but just one Band-Winged.

Thanks guys! I am working on one about the Autumn Meadowhawk as we speak. It should be up here within the hour...



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