Green-striped Darner - Aeshna verticalis (Hagen, 1861)

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

Range & Habitat:

One of the most common darners in northwestern NJ.

It breeds in open marshy areas, but can be found feeding in swarms above open fields far from water.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 19 July
Late Date: 24 September

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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One of our brightest darners, known by the all green anterior lateral thoracic stripe. Unfortunately, Canada Darner may occasionally show similar coloration. The notch in the front of this stripe is usually more shallow or obtusely angled in Green-striped. Other differences are beyond the scope of this site.

It is subjective, but the author feels that patrolling or feeding Green Striped Darners are very bright, almost similar to Lance-tipped, while Canada Darners do not look that bright.

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