Comet Darner - Anax longipes (Hagen, 1861)

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

Range & Habitat:

Found throughout the state, but more common on the coastal plain.

Flies long patrols over lakes and ponds.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 3 May
Late Date: 11 September

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Huge, with a green thorax and bright red abdomen. Unmistakable once you've seen one, but until you do, you will keeping trying to make female Common Green Darners into Comets. Females have a brownish abdomen patterned with blue spots. Frequently, female Common Green Darners will look redder in flight than female Comet Darner


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