Sympetrum internum

Sympetrum internum
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Sympetrum
Species: S. internum
Binomial name
Sympetrum internum
Montgomery, 1943

The Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) is a dragonfly of the genus Sympetrum. It is found across northern and central United States and most of Canada, including southern portions of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Its abdomen is brown, turning dark red at maturity in both sexes. The sides of the abdomen are marked with black triangles and the legs are black.[1] Some females have amber in basal areas of their wings. As their name suggests, faces are dark red when mature.[2] Size: 21 to 36 mm (7/8 to 1 7/16 in).[3] This species overlaps with and is difficult to distinguish from the Ruby, Saffron-winged, and White-faced Meadowhawks.[2]

Similar species

  • Sympetrum costiferum – Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
  • Sympetrum obtrusum – White-faced Meadowhawk
  • Sympetrum rubicundulum – Ruby Meadowhawk


  1. ^ Mead, Kurt. (2009) Dragonflies of the North Woods, Second Edition. Duluth, MN:Kollath+Stensaas Publ.
  2. ^ a b Dunkle, S.W., Dragonflies through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America. New York:Oxford University Press, 2000.
  3. ^ Sympetrum internum (Cherry-faced Meadowhawk), Digital Atlas of Idaho

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