Lance-tipped Darner - Aeshna constricta (Say, 1839)

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

Range & Habitat:

Found in the Ridge & Valley and Highland areas of NW Jersey.

Found along marshy ponds and streams and often among the vegetation of seasonal ponds.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 7 July
Late Date: 2 November

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Probably our brightest darner, with broad lateral thoracic stripes of blue or green fading to yellow ventrally. The anterior stripe is nearly straight with a rearward projection at the top. Male abdominal spots are usually bright blue. Females may occur in yellow, green and blue color phases.

Cerci are flattened vertically with a posterior spike, similar to the much duller (but still pretty in its own subtle way) Shadow Darner.

Conservation Status:
State: S2S3 Rare to imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range