Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lance-tipped Darner

Because they dart this way and that and seldom land in reach of my camera lens, darners are hard to photograph. As we tended Erika’s garden on 23 August, this female Lance-tipped Darner flew up and landed between Erika and me. The yellow rose and the red hibiscus make for a great background!

On the dragonfly, note that the thoracic stripes widen dorsally and that the face lacks a black cross-line. The species is found across the northern United States and southern Canada. Lance-tipped Darners feed as they fly close to the ground, often into the evenings (Meade).

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