Harlequin Darner Dragonfly – 6/2/20
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 6/2/20
Observation Time: 1:15 p.m.
Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)
Common Name: Harlequin Darner dragonfly
Scientific Name: Gomphaeschna furcillata
Comments: The Harlequin Darner is a member of the Aeshnidae family of dragonflies. The species occurs across much of the eastern United States and parts of southeast Canada. Its range extends to eastern Texas.
Harlequin darners resemble taper-tailed dragonflies. The pale 7-shaped mark on the side of abdominal segment 2 is diagnostic of female Harlequin Darner. Female Taper-tailed has a dark inverted J-shaped mark instead.
I encountered this specimen by chance on a low bush as I was walking back to my car after a morning spent bird watching.
More Information: Walter Sanford’s photoblog