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Species Boyeria vinosa - Fawn Darner

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Aeshnidae (Darners)
Genus Boyeria (Spotted Darners)
Species vinosa (Fawn Darner)
Length 60-70 mm
Large, brown, spots at base of each wing. Yellow spots on side of thorax. Flies in evening, typically.
Eastern North America
Forested streams
March to December in Florida, June-September in northern part of range
Predatory on flying insects
Life Cycle
Females oviposit singly in or above wet wood or algae, or on aquatic plants. Males patrol stream edges, often just before dark.
Famous for approaching humans if they are wading in a stream.
Print References
Dunkle, p. 43, plate 3 (1)
Dunkle, p. 38, fig. 29 (2)
Nikula, p. 83 (3)
Internet References
Giff Beaton--page on darners
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.
3.Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
Donald and Lillian Stokes. 2002. Little, Brown and Company.