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