The Band-winged Meadowhawk is a member of the genus Sympetrum. They are most notable for the bands on their hind wings, which are amber near the base but become a brown band, crossing the wing at about a 90 degree angle, at the nodus
Band-winged Meadowhaws are not very common in Minnesota. Where found they are often flying over open fields, well over head height , frequently stopping to hover. When perching they usually perch higher than other Sympetrum species
Small ponds and marshy areas with slow current. Also often found in fields away from the water
Mating usually takes place away from the water. Males and females fly in tandem to the water where females lay eggs by dipping their abdomen into shallow water with emergent vegetation while remaining in tandem with the male
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