Here we are, in late August. Summer is ripening and beginning to turn. Can the Autumn Meadowhawks be far off?
Not at all – and they greeted me in the forest today, announcing the turn of the seasons as the days march along. Here is the first one I saw, posed elegantly on a thorny branch, showing off it’s yellow legs:
I think the old name for these dragonflies – Yellow Legged Meadowhawks – was more accurate than the new common name – Autumn Meadowhawk. I mean, autumn is over a month away and here they are. And their legs are yellow.
Here’s the second one I saw today – on a dried seed head, quite appropriate:
How gentle these creatures are… Wishing you a good warm (as totally opposed to unbearably hot) autumn…
Comment from: mary bernard Visitor
Love the photos of my favorite dragonflies. I live in RI and many years ago in late October I was sitting by one of my favorite dragonfly places. It was a cold day and so quiet compared to the riotous dancing acrobatics of summer. And I looked down and on my leg a lovely red meadowhawk.