White-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum obtrusum
The White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) is a small dragonfly which is widespread across the northern two-thirds of the United States. The field identification of this species and several closely related species can be very difficult at best and the taxonomy is not agreed upon by many experts. The images shown here are thought to be this species, but I certainly welcome any corrections. The first two shots are of males and the 3rd shot is a female. All three shots are from Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin in August, 2003, with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 550 EX flash.
The male White-faced Meadowhawk shown here was in Broome Co., New York, in July, 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.