Rhionaeschna mutata

Spatterdock Darner

Rhionaeschna mutata, Spatterdock Darner

Family: Aeshnidae

Length: 74 - 76 mm


Ponds with no fish are the habitats most commonly used by Rhioaeschna mutata. Some of these ponds are covered in water lilies, including the species called spatterdock (Paulson 2011).

Bright blue eyes and a blue face are key characteristics of spatterdock darner. Blue-eyed darner (R. multicolor) is similar but ranges to the west of spatterdock darner.

Photo data: 1 June 2009. Valley Bend Wildlife Management Area, Randolph County West Virginia.

GPS data: 38.7686, -79.9406. Elevation 605 meters.

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

Rhionaeschna mutata dorsal view, Spatterdock Darner
Face of Spatterdock Darner, Rhionaeschna mutata
Rhionaeschna mutata range map, Spatterdock Darner