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Species Aeshna umbrosa - Shadow Darner

Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa Brown Darner from late Summer - Aeshna umbrosa - female Dragonfly - Aeshna umbrosa Shadow Darner - Aeshna umbrosa - male unknown dragonfly - Aeshna umbrosa Aeshna umbrosa female? - Aeshna umbrosa - female Shadow Darner Male - Aeshna umbrosa Shadow Darner Male - Aeshna umbrosa
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Aeshnidae (Darners)
Genus Aeshna (Mosaic Darners)
Species umbrosa (Shadow Darner)
Length 7.5 cm
Has eastern and western forms. See print references.
Northern North America: boreal forests south to midwest
Shaded streams in forests, also shaded ponds, swamps etc.
April to November
Predatory on flying insects. Feeds often at dusk, prefers shade.
Life Cycle
Flies late in year. Female darners typically oviposit into aquatic plants, using their blade-like ovipositors. Female Shadow Darners frequently oviposit into wet, decaying wood. (Blue Darners of British Columbia--see Internet references.)
Print References
Dunkle, pp. 45-46, plate 4 (1)