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For the United States & Canada

Species Aeshna constricta - Lance-tipped Darner

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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 Aeshna (Mosaic Darners)
Species constricta (Lance-tipped Darner)
Size
body length 65-72 mm; abdomen length 45-57 mm; wingspan 42-47 mm [Odonata Central]
Identification
Two of the characteristics we used to identify this as Aescha constricta was the first thoracic stripe and the pattern of spots on both the under and upper sides of the abdomen. (1) [J&JB]

Male is gray with bright blue spots; female is brown with yellowish-green spots
Range
northern half of United States and southern Canada
Habitat
ponds, marshes, lakes
Season
adults fly from July to October
See Also
Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa)
Internet References
illustrated species account with photos by Jim Bangma (The Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey)
illustrated species account with photos by Ann Johnson (Iowa Odonata Survey)
Works Cited
1.Dragonflies of Indiana
James R. Curry. 2001. Indiana Academy of Science.