Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Striped Meadowhawk

Sympetrum pallipes

Hagen, 1874

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The Striped Meadowhawk is a brownish western species with two or three whitish stripes on each side of the thorax. The abdomen in mature males is reddish. Females and young males have brownish-yellow abdomens. Both sexes have some black on the sides and underside of the abdomen.

This is another uncommon western species, like Red-veined Meadowhawk, just reaching western Nebraska but more common than Red-veined. It is often locally abundant in counties where found and is a typical meadowhawk of slow, almost stagnant, streams, ponds, and marshy areas.

Striped Meadowhawk
Newly emerged Striped Meadowhawk

Size: 34-38 mm (1.3-1.5 in)

Habitat: ponds and vegetated streams

Great Plains Range: NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT

Flight season: early July to late August

Striped Meadowhawk map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.

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