Saffron-winged Meadowhawks (Sympetrum costiferum) are one of the last species of dragonflies to be found still flying well into the fall. Males (pictured here) are all red with a thin black line on the lower portion of each segment of the abdomen. The wings are clear with orangish leading edges. While they are similar in appearance to Autumn Meadowhawks (Sympetrum vicinum), Saffron-wingeds can be differentiated by their black legs.
Size: 1.4” long
Photo by: Kelly Dix on 10/2/21 near Condon, MT