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Species Aeshna tuberculifera - Black-tipped Darner

Black-tipped Darner? - Aeshna tuberculifera - female Dragonfly - unidentified - Aeshna tuberculifera Black-tipped Darner - Aeshna tuberculifera - male Dragonfly blue stripes - Aeshna tuberculifera Large black and blue dragonfly - Aeshna tuberculifera - female Black-tipped Darner (andromorph), dorsal view of appendages - Aeshna tuberculifera - female Black-tipped Darner - Aeshna tuberculifera Darner?? - Aeshna tuberculifera
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 tuberculifera (Black-tipped Darner)
Numbers
One of 20 Nearctic species in the genus.
Size
Average size 7.6 centimeters.
Identification
Lateral thoracic stripes straight and narrow; Frontal thoracic stripes long and narrow. Abdominal segment ten is black. Female has a slender abdomen, constricted sharply at segement three. Female has a long ovipositor.
Range
Northeastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada. Also a smaller disjunct population in far northwestern U.S. and far Southwestern Canada.
Habitat
Ponds and lakes, with a preference for acidic ones; also found along streams.
Season
Summer and Fall.
Food
Small flying insects.
Remarks
Female has two forms, one with blue abdominal spots, the other (scarcer) with yellow spots.
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