Subarctic Darner - Aeshna subarctica (Walker, 1908 (S?))

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

Range & Habitat:

Known only from an isolated site in Sussex County, it is a rare inhabitant of bogs and boggy marshes.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 26 August
Late Date: 7 September

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Allen Barlow

All the books say it has a unique thoracic pattern with the anterior lateral stripe bent forward. but in many photos out there it looks a lot like a Green-striped with a notched stripe. It does differ from them in having a black face line. I argued this point for a year, won my point with a few people, and then suddenly several photos were published showing the unique lateral stripe, including the one to the left. Oh, well....


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