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Species Aeshna umbrosa - Shadow Darner

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Aeshnidae (Darners)
Genus Aeshna (Mosaic Darners)
Species umbrosa (Shadow Darner)
Size
Length 7.5 cm
Identification
Has eastern and western forms. See print references.
Range
Northern North America: boreal forests south to midwest
Habitat
Shaded streams in forests, also shaded ponds, swamps etc.
Season
April to November
Food
Predatory on flying insects. Feeds often at dusk, prefers shade.
Life Cycle
Flies late in year. Female darners typically oviposit into aquatic plants, using their blade-like ovipositors. Female Shadow Darners frequently oviposit into wet, decaying wood. (Blue Darners of British Columbia--see Internet references.)
Print References
Dunkle, pp. 45-46, plate 4 (1)