Mottled Darner - Aeshna clepsydra (Say, 1839)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Records are scattered throughout the state and it should be looked for in the counties without records.

Usually found in the afternoon in late summer patrolling low along the edges of ponds and lakes, most often with emergent vegetation.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 14 July
Late Date: 30 October

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Sheryl Chacon
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The thoracic pattern is distinctive, with large broken spots of yellow, blue & green.


Conservation Status:
State: S2S3 Rare to imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G4 Apparently secure globally