Descriptive wise Meadowhawks are around 1 1/2 inches long with a red/yellow-orange abdomens and reddish/chestnut/rusty brown eyes. Females can have different colors. They are usually found around wetlands, but I have even found them on vegetation outside my condominium. Saffron-winged Meadowhawk are distinguished by wings with amber veins anteriorly, legs that are mostly black, but can be pale at their base.
Band-winged Meadowhawk have broad amber wing bands which are distinctive and are usually found throughout interior Massachusetts.
So go out, capture in your camera, these nice reddish dragonflies and have fun trying to identify them.
By the way, the book mentioned above is available from
Department of Fish & Game
Fisheries & Wildlife
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species
Publications & Forms
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Publications http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/publications-forms/publications/