Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa (Walker, 1908)

Range & Habitat:

Found throughout the state.

Patrols along small marshy streams. Often found feeding along woodland edges or even in deep shadow in full forest. Often feeds well past sunset.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 26 June
Late Date: 10 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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A brownish darner, with nearly straight lateral thoracic stripes, usually yellow, tinted green or blue dorsally. Dorsal and lateral abdominal spots smaller than in other Aeshnas, almost reminiscent of Swamp Darner. Whitish spots on the underside of the abdomen and the upper surface of the paraproct is white.

Vertically flattened cerci with a spike at the end are shared with the much brighter Lance-tipped Darner.

Conservation Status:
State: S5 Demonstrably secure in the state
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range