Autumn meadowhawks are a red or yellow species of late-season meadowhawks. They are easily identified by their light orange-tan legs that distinguish this species from other similar species of meadowhawks that have black legs.
Autumn Meadowhawks are usually the last species of dragonfly seen in Minnesota each year. They can often still be found at the end of October or beginning of November. They are more tolerant to the cold than most odenates and can survive temps of around 50 degrees or lower.
Permanent ponds, lakes, bogs, marshes and slow moving streams with a lot of vegetation
Mating typically takes place away from the water with pairs flying in tandem to the water to lay eggs. Eggs are usually oviposited into muddy banks, with the female alternating between tapping her abdomen to the mud and dipping it into the water. This species overwinters in its egg phase. The eggs hatch in the spring when high waters cover the banks where they were oviposited
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