The Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum fasciatum) is one of the easiest species of Meadowhawk to identify. Those reddish-brown “bands” or “saddlebags” on the wings are a quick identification clue. Their habitat options are more limited than other dragonfly species as the nymphs don’t seem to compete well with other dragonfly species. They are also more vulnerable to fish predation. Like the Saffron-winged and Autumn Meadowhawks, they remain on the wing into October.
Size: 1.8 – 2.2 inch wingspan
Photo by: Kelly Dix on 10/6/21 near Charlo, MT