Gomphaeschna furcillata

Harlequin Darner

Harlequin Darner, Gomphaeshna furcillata

 

Family: Aeshnidae

Length: 51-60 mm

 

Worldwide, there are two species in genus Gromphaeschna (the other is G. antilope); both are found in North America. A third species, G. obliqua, is known only from fossil records from Brazil. The genus goes by the common name of Pygmy Darners.

For Gomphaeschna furcillata the favored habitats are shallow bodies of water in swamps and sphagnum bogs. Feeding often takes places in drier areas including forest margins. Look for these dragonflies early in Spring.

Photo location: Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi.

Harlequin Darner range map, Gomphaeshna furcillata

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