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Blue-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum) by John Petranka
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distribution Throughout the Piedmont and the western 3/4th of the Coastal Plain. Apparently absent in far eastern counties (no records east of Gates, Beaufort, and Pamlico counties). Scattered in the mountains, but presumably rare to absent at middle and higher elevations.
abundance Uncommon to locally fairly common, but easily overlooked, in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Rare in the mountains, as well as in the eastern Coastal Plain.
flight Downstate, occurs from very late May to late November, though mainly is present from late July to late October. In the mountains, the meager dates fall between late August and late October. One of the relatively few dragonflies whose peak numbers are in the fall season (e.g., September and early October).
habitat Small, semi-shaded or shaded pools in floodplains, swamps, or marshes.

See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Hydric Floodplains
behavior Although they may perch on or near the ground, adults often perch on twigs or leaves fairly high off the ground, typically 5 feet or higher, and thus are not as readily seen as most other pennants/gliders/skimmers. They can easily be overlooked because of this perching behavior, and their feeding bouts also do not take them often to the margins of pools and ponds.
comments Males are rather colorful, with their reddish abdomen (with black spots) and blue to green forehead. But, their habit of perching somewhat high, often in shade or partial shade in moist woods and borders, combined with a fairly small size (under 1.5 inches), makes them hard to become familiar with (despite records for 75% of the NC counties).
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-15 11:03:03

Photo Gallery for Blue-faced Meadowhawk   38 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: Chuck Smith

Comment: Rowan, 2021-09-28, Eagle Point Nature Preserve. - Including mated pair.
Photo 2 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Chatham, 2021-09-24, Jordan Lake--Bush Creek Marsh
Photo 3 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-09-19, Hot Springs area
Photo 4 by: Harry LeGrand, Lori Arent

Comment: Durham, 2021-09-19, Flat River impoundments - perched on ground; photo by Lori Arent
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2020-10-18, Sandhills Game Land - male
Photo 6 by: Adam Prince

Comment: Wake, 2020-09-16, Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh
Photo 7 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-10-25, Broadwing Farm, afternoon, sunny, 70s
Photo 8 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-10-07, Hot Springs
Photo 9 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-10-07, Hot Springs
Photo 10 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-11-03, Sandhill Game Land-SR 1422 (Ledbetter Rd.) - adult males
Photo 11 by: Joe Donahue

Comment: Alamance, 2018-08-30, 3411 Longview Drive in Burlington
Photo 12 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-08-26, Pilot Mountain State Park - Yadkin River section
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-11-25, Carolina Beach State Park (CABE), limesink ponds - female
Photo 14 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-10-03, Carrier Park, Asheville, 35.56731° N 82.56887° W - Male
Photo 15 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo 16 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo 17 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-09-05, Carrier Park, Asheville, 35.56731° N 82.56887° W - Male
Photo 18 by: J. A. Anderson

Comment: Surry, 2017-08-22, Pilot Mountain State Park - Along farm pond at Pilot Creek Access @ -80.496575, 36.361118
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2016-11-19, limesink ponds at Carolina Beach State Park - 3 pairs in wheel, 1 lone male
Photo 20 by: Joe Lafferty

Comment: Brunswick, 2014-10-17, - old Angels Trace Golf Course, Sunset Beach
Photo 21 by: Signa Williams

Comment: Harnett; C, 2014-09-14, Anderson Creek County Park - Female
Photo 22 by: John Petranka

Comment: Alamance, 2014-08-16, Pond at Cedarock Park- Male near inflow to pond.
Photo 23 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2014-06-01, Lake Raleigh - female/immature male
Photo 24 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-09-14, Lake Wheeler-west of Penny Road - pair in wheel; remainder males
Photo 25 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-05-25, Lake Wheeler-marshes west of Penny Rd. - females; 1 netted, photographed, and released
Photo 26 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-09-14, Temple Flat Rock - male
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-08-31, Redmon Pond, northern Buncombe County - Male & Female
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-08-31, Redmon Pond, northern Buncombe County - Male & Female
Photo 29 by: Conrad Wernett, Ali Iyoob

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-29, - Single female spotted along wooded trail
Photo 30 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-09-27, Fletcher Park - Male & Female