Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Cyrano Darner is named for its long, protruding, greenish forehead, reminiscent of the long nose of literary character Cyrano de Bergerac. The male also has a tapered abdomen, dark blue eyes and a dark brown thorax with green stripes. The male characteristically flies slowly along the water's edge in the morning with wings held up at an angle, often flying through overhanging grasses and branches. Females have a cylindrical rather than tapered abdomen. Both sexes have a rather stocky body compared to other darners.
Cyrano Darner male
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 70-73 mm (2.8-2.9 in)
Habitat: swampy streams, lakes and ponds
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: early July
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