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Species Basiaeschna janata - Springtime Darner

Springtime Darner - Basiaeschna janata Dragonfly #2 at Griggstown - Basiaeschna janata Springtime darner - Basiaeschna janata - female Basiaeschna janata-springtime Darner - Basiaeschna janata - male Basiaeschna janata Dragonfly - Basiaeschna janata Springtime Darner - Basiaeschna janata - male Penny's Bend dragonfly 2022 1.1 - Basiaeschna janata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Aeshnidae (Darners)
Genus Basiaeschna (Springtime Darners)
Species janata (Springtime Darner)
The only species in the genus.
Typically 60-62 mm.
Males have brown thorax with two relatively straight yellow lateral thoracic stripes. Eyes generally blue. Abdomen spotted with blue. Female similar but abdominal spots may be blue or green.
Eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.
Lakes, ponds, bogs, slow-moving streams. Also feeds along forest margins.
Flying insects.
Print References
Works Cited
1.Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
Sidney W. Dunkle. 2000. Oxford Press.
2.Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts
Blair Nikula, Jennifer L. Loose, Matthew R. Burne. 2003. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.