Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Aeshna interrupta lineata
The Variable Darner is so named because its thoracic stripes may be either very narrow or broken in the middle into pairs of spots. The subspecies present in Nebraska (A. i. lineata) has very thin (less than 1 mm wide) thoracic stripes. It is also darker overall than most of our other Aeshna species and has a black cross line on the face and short front stripes. Its claspers are of the simple type. Females may be marked with blue, green or yellow. They fly late in the day, often until dark.
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 72-77 mm (2.8-3.0 in)
Habitat: slow streams and ponds
Great Plains Range: NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, IA, MN
Flight season: mid July to mid September
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