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Species Gomphaeschna furcillata - Harlequin Darner

Dragonfly - Gomphaeschna furcillata - female Harlequin Darner - Gomphaeschna furcillata - male Clubtail (?) for ID - Gomphaeschna furcillata Dragonfly - Gomphaeschna furcillata Dragonfly sp. - Gomphaeschna furcillata - male Gomphaeschna furcillata? - Gomphaeschna furcillata - female camouflaged dragonfly - Gomphaeschna furcillata Gomphaeschna furcillata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Aeshnidae (Darners)
Genus Gomphaeschna (Pygmy Darners)
Species furcillata (Harlequin Darner)
Length 55 mm
A very small darner. See print and Internet references.
Eastern United States and adjacent Canada.
Bogs, swamps, esp. cypress, alder, cedar swamps.
January-August in much of United States. May-July in southern Canada.
Life Cycle
Females lay eggs in wet wood about 15 cm. above water level.
Print References
Dunkle, p. 40, plate 3 (1)
Dunkle, pp. 34-35, fig. 25, 26 (2)
Internet References
Randy Emmitt Photography (broken link, needs replacement)

NJ Odes (broken link, needs replacement)
Works Cited
1.Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
Sidney W. Dunkle. 2000. Oxford Press.
2.Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1989. Scientific Publishers.