Variable Darner - Aeshna interrupta (Walker, 1908 (S?))

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

Range & Habitat:

Known only from Sussex County, it should be looked for in darner swarms throughout the Ridge & Valley and Highland areas.

Generally breeds in slow boggy ponds and streams.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 16 August
Late Date: 28 September

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Allen Barlow
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A large dark darner with a dark face line. The lateral thoracic stripes are broken into 4 spots in the form found in New Jersey. This pattern is unique among NJ's darners.


Conservation Status:
State: S? Not yet ranked
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range