Skimmers
Family Libellulidae
Genus Sympetrum
White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)



Similar species immature male and female Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum) and Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum).


Flight season: mid-June to late October.

Population: common, likely to be encountered at any slow water habitat such as ponds, marshes or the north shore of Stoco Lake. Often found foraging in fields a good distance from water.

Length: about 30 mm to 35 mm. Distinguished from other Sympetrum species by its gleaming white face.


Tweed, Ontario, the Moira River, near the walking bridge and dam: rock-bottomed river with fast flowing water, rapids and emergent rocks, but also quiet pools and backwaters. The shoreline vegetation is mostly trees with a few small clearings supporting tall grasses and wildflowers.
Male White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
August 31, 2009

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Male White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
September 08, 2009

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An old female White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) the females are orange, turning a grayish tan with increasing age (September 06, 2009).

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White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum), wheel
September 03, 2009

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White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) a closer look at the male's claspers in action (September 02, 2009).


East of Tweed, Ontario, near the intersection of Alexander Street and the trans-Canada Trail: disturbed field supporting tall grasses and wildflowers, bordered by shrubs and trees with a sand and rock-bottomed creek to the east.
Immature male White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) looking very much like a female, this dragonfly will turn red with maturity. To add to the confusion, female and immature male Ruby Meadowhawks and Cherry-faced Meadowhawks also resemble this male, and it's necessary to study the hamules (males) or subgenital plates (females) to sort out the species (June 19, 2014).


East of Tweed, Ontario, near the intersection of Lajoie Rd. and the trans-Canada Trail: a shady wooded area, with clearings both natural and created by the trail supporting grasses and wildflowers, the lagoon lies nearby to the northwest.
Female White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum), subgenital plates the lobes are long, straight, and taper to sharp points at the tips (July 21, 2014).