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Black Meadowhawk

We saw this Black Meadowhawk (Sympetrum danae) during our walk in the Weaselhead Natural Area this afternoon. I don't often notice this kind of dragonfly, so that was a treat. Apparently, it is our second most common dragonfly, and easy to recognize because the males are almost black when they have matured. There are eight species of Meadowhawks in Alberta.

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Taken on August 17, 2008