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Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
The Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) is a widespread dragonfly of the United States, especially the western two-thirds of the country. It has a very long flight season and may even be encountered in the winter in the south. The shots here were taken in the Chinati Mountains of Presidio Co., Texas in September, 2004, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300 mm F4 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 550 EX flash.
The female Variegated Meadowhawk in the two shots shown next was resting on a gravel road in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in April, 2007. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The Variegated Meadowhawk pair in copula and the next shot of a male were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in October, 2007, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The teneral male Variegated Meadowhawk shown here was along the Yakima River in Benton Co., Washington, in August 2008. The same gear as previously described was used.
The female Variegated Meadowhawk shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2009. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The female Variegated Meadowhawk shown here was at Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio Co., Texas, in September, 2009. Same gear as the shot above was used.
The female shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in October, 2009.
The young male Variegated Meadowhawk shown here, and the mature male in the next shot were both in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in March 2010. These 2 shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The female Variegated Meadowhawk on the right was at the BLM overflow wetlands, Chavez Co., New Mexico, in August, 2011. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The female Variegated Meadowhawk on the right was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in September, 2011. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The female Variegated Meadowhawk in the next two images was in the Kisatchie National Forest, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, in March, 2012. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Southeast Metro Park,
Travis Co., Texas
11 March 2013

Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
near the Gila River,
Yuma Co., Arizona
4 October 2013


32.7432
-114.4941

Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
female
Gus Engeling W.M.A.,
Anderson Co., Texas
29 March 2014
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
young male
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area,
Denton Co., Texas
14 May 2015
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
BLM Wetlands,
Chaves Co., New Mexico
16 August 2015
Lat 33.316526, Lon -104.342008
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
female
near Romero Rd.,
Corrales, Sandoval Co.,
New Mexico
17 August 2015
35.256
-106.5985
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Rio Grande near Pilar,
Taos Co., New Mexico
20 August 2015
Lat 36.2666, Lon -105.7942
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Rio Grande near Pilar,
Taos Co., New Mexico
20 August 2015
Lat 36.2666, Lon -105.7942
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Bear Canyon Lake,
Grant Co., New Mexico
30 August 2015
32.884
-107.999
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Live Oak Creek,
Crockett Co., Texas
1 September 2015
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
3 November 2015
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male - in flight
Murphy Ranch
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
6 October 2014
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male - in flight
Murphy Ranch
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
6 October 2014
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male - in flight
Murphy Ranch
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
6 October 2014
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Boca Chica Road,
Cameron Co., Texas
9 November 2014
25.9629
-97.2534
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Pedernales Falls State Park,
Blanco Co., Texas
25 October 2016
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
11 November 2016
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
male
Santa Ana N.W.R.,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
19 November 2016
Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum
female
Mike Murphy Ranch,
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
17 April 2017