The Cherry-faced Meadowhawk is a member of the genus Sympetrum. Males are mostly reddish brown with black side spots on the abdomen. Females come in a mustard yellow or red form. Distinguishing between Meadowhawk species can be very difficult
Cherry-faced Meadowhawks are not often found near the water, unless they are ovipositing. Typically they are found in open fields, where males defend small territories
Ponds, marshes, lake edges, pools, marshes and slow shady streams
Mating typically takes place away from the water with Cherry-faced Meadowhawk wheels often found in fields. Female lays eggs alone or in tandem by dropping the eggs on to dry ground around the rim of the pond, lake or stream. These areas fill with water in the spring just in time for the new nymphs to hatch
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