Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Lance-tipped Darner is a widespread dragonfly with paddle or wedge type claspers. The first side stripes are somewhat bent in the middle and are often greenish yellow on top and blue below. It is very similar to the Paddle-tailed Darner, but the Lance-tipped lacks a facial cross line. The females may be blue, green or yellow and have large, pointed appendages (shaped like lances). The female Shadow Darner has appendages that are narrow and not pointed. Both sexes may be found perching (hanging) in low plants.
Lance-tipped Darner male
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 68-72 mm (2.7-2.8 in)
Habitat: slow streams and marshes
Great Plains Range: KS, NE, SD, ND, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: early July to mid October
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