Gomphaeschna furcillata

Harlequin Darner

Harlequin Darner, Gomphaeshna furcillata


Family: Aeshnidae

Length: 53 - 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.

The favored habitats of Gomphaeschna furcillata 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 data: 13 April 2006. Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Noxubee, Mississippi.

The map at the bottom of this page shows the states and provinces with records of Gomphaeschna furcillata in blue-green.

Harlequin Darner range map, Gomphaeshna furcillata