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Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - male

Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - Male
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, USA
October 6, 2010
Size: 3"
I'm pretty sure that this is a shadow darner, but I'm curious whether it's male or female. Also wondering what the appendage dangling from the tail might be, and what the brown spot on the right eye is about. In any case, I'd love a confirmation of the i.d. Thanks!

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Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - male Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - male Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - male Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - male Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - male

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Moved from ID Request.

"Business end"
Well, you did ask. That's fecal matter. It likely has been perched there for some time, as this usually falls away almost immediately.

 
Thanks for identifying the "appendage"
I watched him fly up, take a dip in the pool, then land on the pool gate. I assumed the "appendage" must be a sexual organ, but fecal matter makes much more sense. I gave it a gentle tug, but it didn't fall away. Maybe he's constipated :) Thanks for the info.

Male Shadow Darner
Male Shadow Darner

 
Male Shadow Darner
Thanks for confirming species and identifying him as a male!

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