Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Lance-tipped Darner

Aeshna constricta

Say, 1839

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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.

This is a transcontinental species more common in the east with scattered records north, south and west of Nebraska. The species is not common anywhere in the state, so county records are scattered. It is now a regular species in Douglas County and the second most common darner in the state. It stays late and is probably the only one you would find in late September and into October.

Lance-tipped Darner
Lance-tipped Darner male
Lance-tipped Darner map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


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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