The black meadowhawk is a dark dragonfly that is found in the Northern United States and Canada. Mature males are entirely brown to black from head to tip. Females and immature males are yellow and black with a complex pattern on the side of the thorax
Often found in marshy fields away from breeding sites, perching in the vegetation or on the ground. Females usually perch in shrubs higher up than males. Males are not very territorial
Marshy or boggy lakes and ponds. Also small pools in bogs, fens, and marshlands
Mating takes around 20 minutes and occurs primarily away from the water. After mating pairs either fly in tandem to the water to lay eggs in the open water or moss or the female may also oviposit alone.
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