Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Common Green Darner
The Common Green Darner is our most visible and widespread darner, and is among the earliest dragonflies to show up in the spring. The male has an unstriped green thorax and a blue abdomen with a black stripe along the top. There is a black spot on the forehead enclosed by a blue semicircle which forms a 'bulls's eye'. The male patrols a territory over water, alternately flapping and gliding. The female has a green thorax and an abdomen which varies from reddish brown to gray. The wings may be tinted yellow. This is one of the few dragonfly species which is known to migrate.
Common Green Darner male
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 68-80 mm (2.7-3.1 in)
Habitat: almost any still waters
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: mid April to late September
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