Common Green Darner dragonfly (male)

The following photographs show a Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) perching in a shrub near the end of the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its blue abdomen.

Common Green Darner dragonfly (male) Common Green Darner dragonfly (male)

It is uncommon to spot a darner perching. Dragonflies are classified as either “fliers” or “perchers,” based upon their feeding habits. Common Green Darners are fliers, foraging by “hawking” other flying insects. (Note: Darners are called hawkers in the United Kingdom.) Common Green Darners are migratory dragonflies — perhaps Huntley Meadows Park was a rest stop along this specimen’s southward migration route.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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