Taper-tailed Darner - Gomphaeschna antilope (Hagen, 1874)

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

Range & Habitat:

Recorded throughout the coastal plain where it is found with Harlequin Darner. A 1910 record from Passaic County is probably in error, as it is well out of the range of this coastal plain species.

Found near swamps and bogs, often seen patrolling sand roads in the vicinity of the breeding habitat.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 28 May
Late Date: 14 July

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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A small darner, males have a tapered abdomen (duh!) and extremely long cerci.

All markings and the eye are duller than Harlequin Darner. There are structural differences in wing venation beyond the scope of this site.

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