Harlequin Darner - Gomphaeschna furcillata (Say, 1839)

Range & Habitat:

Has not been recorded from the central counties, but should be looked for.

Found mainly in or near bogs and wooded swamps.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 17 April
Late Date: 9 July

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 small darner, marked in a broken pattern of yellow, green and orange. Males have a more cylindrical abdomen than Taper-tailed Darner; females feeding overhead can appear to have a clubbed abdomen. Adult males have bright green eyes. A friendly little critter, it regularly lands on people as well as tree trunks and telephone poles.


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