Species Details

Sympetrum danae

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Common NameBlack Meadowhawk SeasonalityFlight season is from late June to mid September or October (Hutchings and Halstead 2011). IdentificationApproximately 3 centimeter meadowhawk with black and yellow patterns. Males are almost entirely black with few yellow stripes and have metallic face. Females have reddish-brown eyes with pale green colours. The thorax and abdomen is mostly yellow with black stripes on lateral sides and the costal veins on both wings are yellow. Immature adults are yellow with lighter black or brown patterns on thorax and abdomen, and will gradually turn darker as they become mature (Paulson 2009).

Scientific Name Sympetrum danae Common Name Black Meadowhawk Seasonality Flight season is from late June to mid September or October (Hutchings and Halstead 2011). Identification
Approximately 3 centimeter meadowhawk with black and yellow patterns. Males are almost entirely black with few yellow stripes and have metallic face. Females have reddish-brown eyes with pale green colours. The thorax…
Approximately 3 centimeter meadowhawk with black and yellow patterns. Males are almost entirely black with few yellow stripes and have metallic face. Females have reddish-brown eyes with pale green colours. The thorax and abdomen is mostly yellow with black stripes on lateral sides and the costal veins on both wings are yellow. Immature adults are yellow with lighter black or brown patterns on thorax and abdomen, and will gradually turn darker as they become mature (Paulson 2009).
Life History
The adults emerge around mid July to late August (Cannings and Cannings 1997). Unlike cherry-faced meadowhawks, the black meadowhawks are not territorial (Paulson 2009). The mating season is from August to early…
The adults emerge around mid July to late August (Cannings and Cannings 1997). Unlike cherry-faced meadowhawks, the black meadowhawks are not territorial (Paulson 2009). The mating season is from August to early September (Cannings and Cannings 1997). Most of them mate away from the water, then come to water for oviposition in tandem by noon. Oviposition can happen either in tandem or alone. The female drop eggs from air into open water or on moss (Paulson 2009).
Conservation Very widespread species, especially in western North America (Lung and Sommer 2001). Diet Info Aquatic nymphs feed on many small soft body arthropods and vertebrates in water. Terrestrial flying adults feed on many small and soft bodied flying insects (Lung and Sommer 2001). Range Found from Alaska to Newfoundland and Labrador, south to northern California and Wisconsin, as well as some parts of northern United States. It is also found in northern Europe and Eurasia (Paulson 2009).
Sympetrum danae
Sympetrum danae

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"Sympetrum danae, Freshwater Invertebrate Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/5-30186. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Odonata Suborder Anisoptera Family Libellulidae Genus Sympetrum Species Sympetrum danae
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

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This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Authorship

Name Leu, H.
Role species page author
Date 2013

References

Specimen Information

There are 20 specimens of this Species.

20 results plotted on map in 5 markers.
Note: Only records with latitude and longitude coordinates are plotted on map.

IN933 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1979-07-21

IN934 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1979-08-19

IN935 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1979-08-24

IN936 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1979-08-26

IN937 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1979-09-02

IN938 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Sherwood Park Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1979-09-20

IN1413 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-07-24

IN1414 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1415 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1416 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1417 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1418 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1419 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1420 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1421 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1422 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-05

IN1423 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-07-24

IN1424 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cooking Lake (Undet.) Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1980-06-24

IN1486 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Devon Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1980-09-15

IN1574 - Sympetrum danae

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Cynthia Collected ByBaker, R. L. Date Collected1979-08-10