Most of our dragonflies are gone, but some of the small Meadowhawk Dragonflies remain active. These dragonflies often appear as the first red (and sometimes golden) flecks of Fall. But, those who want to learn more about the many Meadowhawks often find it impossible to see the small differences among them in our brief encounters with the little aerobatic experts.
The dragonfly here looked to be about one inch long during the several seconds that we met. It is – we think – either a Cherry-Faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) or a Ruby Meadowhawk (S. rubicundulum). (Brooklin, Maine)