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Harlequin Darner - Gomphaeschna furcillata - male

Harlequin Darner - Gomphaeschna furcillata - Male
Noxubee NWR, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA
April 13, 2006
Expanding our BugGuide range map from NC to MS. It was fun to watch this fellow, so much smaller than most darners, and more willing to light—on tree trunks. He was patrolling a pine grove, but a lake was not terribly far away.

I used Dunkle to separate from the similar Taper-Tailed Darner. On my Harlequin, the hind wings are narrower, and the distance between the cerci is greater. Also, I believe the April 13 flight date supports the ID too.

These are great, great dragonflies. I saw about twenty of them yesterday and shot a wheeled pair. The males hover in open areas near wooded waterways like small baskettail-darner hybrids. They will frequently land on humans when they stand in their territory. And they slap onto treetrunks like both tree and dragon are magnetized.

Nice color detail shot.

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