Shadow Darner dragonfly (male)

Shadow Darner dragonfly (male)

The preceding Shadow Darner dragonfly (Aeshna umbrosa) was spotted on 24 October 2014 near a vernal pool in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

Female Shadow Darner dragonflies are polymorphic: heteromorphs are duller in color than males; andromorphs are male-like in color.

Related Resources: High-resolution digital scans from the Western Odonata Scans in Life collection, Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Shadow Darner dragonfly (male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Beautiful shot, Walter, of a stunning species. It looks like I will have to wait until next year to find one in person.

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