Friday, August 24, 2018

Cyrano Darner

One of the great advantages of searching for dragonflies with your son is his vision. David, driving, spotted this darner as it flew across the road and perched in nearby shrubbery. We were in the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge in Tarrant County, Texas, on 11 August 2018. This Cyrano Darner, a first for me, is also found in Minnesota, and most of the eastern United States and Canada. 

Cyrano Darners presumably get their name from their projecting forehead. They stick to wooded areas, and fly along woodland edges, paths, and, in this case, roadsides. This species is known to take larger prey than other darners.  If you look closely, note that this Cyrano Darner is consuming an Eastern Pondhawk!

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