Band-winged vs Black Meadowhawk (female)

Two of the meadowhawk (Sympetrum) species that occur in Arizona are the Black (S. danae) and the Band-winged (S. semicinctum) Meadowhawks. The Black Meadowhawk is normally found only in high boggy wetlands of the White Mountains (Apache Co.) but the Band-winged Meadowhawk has a considerably wider distribution. Mature males of the two species are readily separated from each other, but females look much alike.

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