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Species Anax walsinghami - Giant Darner

Anax walsinghami - Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami - male Anax walsinghami - Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami - female Anax walsinghami - Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami - female Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami - female Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami - male Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami - female Common Green Darner - Anax walsinghami Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami - female
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 Anax
Species walsinghami (Giant Darner)
Size
Largest dragonfly (by length) in North America, 3.5-4.6 inch body length
Identification
Very large dragonfly. S1-2 blue; rest of abdominal segments with bright blue elongated spots
Range
Texas west to California, north into Nevada and Utah.
Habitat
Slow streams with emergent vegetation along the edges. Often found in canyons.
Season
April-October
See Also
Common green darner is smaller, with abdomen shorter than wings. Abdomen is longer than wings in giant darner.
Print References
Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West(1)
Dragonflies of Texas A Field Guide(2)
Works Cited
1.Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
Dennis Paulson. 2009. Princeton.
2.Dragonflies of Texas A Field Guide.
John C. Abbott. 2015. University of Texas Press, Austin. 466 pp.