The variegated meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum, is a migratory perching dragonfly found in much of North America and parts of South America. It is known to perch on twigs and bushes, as well as on the ground or long grasses, hence the name “meadowhawk.” Like many other dragonflies in the family Libellulidae, it hunts small flying insects and typically returns to its perch to consume them. These dragonflies emerge from the water as early as April, and in some parts of North America they can survive through the winter!
[Photo and caption by Christofer Brothers]
Paulson, D. (2009). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West. Princeton University Press.
[Edited by Maggie Creamer]