Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum internum
The Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) is another of the Sympetrum species which can look confusingly similar to some other species. In-hand examination is often needed to confirm the identification. The 3 males shown here were all confirmed to be this species. Sometimes the "cherry" face is not present on these dragons. The male shown here was in Lackawanna Co., Pennsylvania, in July, 2009. The next 2 males were in Broome Co., New York, also in July, 2009. These 3 images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The next 2 shots of a male Cherry-faced Meadowhawk were taken in Penobscot Co., Maine, in August, 2009, with the same photo gear as above.