Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Fawn Darner

Boyeria vinosa

Say, 1839

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The Fawn Darner is a small eastern species which is overall brown with large yellow spots on the thorax and rows of smaller yellow spots on the abdomen. The eyes are green and the wings have brown spots close to the body. The female looks similar to the male. They are most active in the late afternoon and evening and prefer shade. Their flight is jerky and erratic and they often fly only a few inches above the surface of the water.

This is an eastern species extending into western Iowa. There are only a few disjunct records from northern Nebraska and all are from small, clear,sandy streams. The species flies low over streams, often exploringaround log tangles in the stream. It is rare in Nebraska and has been found in Cherry County at Valentine on a tributary of the Minnechaduza Creek at the City Park and in Keya Paha County on streams running into the NiobraraRiver near the Norden Bridge.

Fawn Darner
Fawn Darner
Fawn Darner map

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


Size: 60-71 mm (2.4-2.8 in)

Habitat: clear shady streams

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, NE, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: mid July to mid August



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