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For the United States & Canada

Species Basiaeschna janata - Springtime 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 Basiaeschna (Springtime Darners)
Species janata (Springtime Darner)
Numbers
The only species in the genus.
Size
Typically 60-62 mm.
Identification
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.
Range
Eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.
Habitat
Lakes, ponds, bogs, slow-moving streams. Also feeds along forest margins.
Season
Spring.
Food
Flying insects.
Print References
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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.