Springtime Darner dragonfly (female)

A Springtime Darner dragonfly (Basiaeschna janata) was spotted on 15 April 2016 at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a female, as indicated by her terminal appendages. Thanks to Michael Moore, member of the “Southeastern Odes” Facebook group, for verifying my tentative identification of the gender.

A Springtime Darner dragonfly (Basiaeschna janata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female, blue morph.

Female Springtime Darners are polymorphic: the spots on their abdomen are either blue (andromorphic) or green (heteromorphic); this female is a blue morph.

A Springtime Darner dragonfly (Basiaeschna janata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female, blue morph.

I thought of an analogy to explain the size of the Springtime Darner population at Huntley Meadows Park: Springtime Darners are more like Shadow Darners than Common Green Darners; you see Shadow Darners sometimes but not all the time, like the appropriately named Common Green Darners. Although Springtime Darners are rare at the park, it’s worth the effort to find these beauties!

Interesting factoid: Basiaeschna is a monotypic genus; Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata) is the only member of the genus in the world. Uncommon and unique. How cool is that?

Related Resource: Teamwork, and some take-aways (my photoblog post describing the exciting discovery of another new species of odonate at Huntley Meadows Park)

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3 Responses to “Springtime Darner dragonfly (female)”

  1. Spring Peeper | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Michael Powell and I were searching for the elusive Springtime Darner dragonfly (Basiaeschna janata) during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 15 April 2016. (By the way, we found one later the same day!) […]

  2. Springtime Darner dragonfly (male) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] can stop hunting for this species. Huh? I saw one Springtime Darner in 2015 (my first) and another one in 2016, both females. Apparently, Mother Nature allows me to see one and only one Springtime Darner per […]

  3. Springtime Darner (terminal appendages) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] 15 APR 2016 | HMP | Springtime Darner (female, blue andromorph) […]

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