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Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

Order: Odonata (oh-do-NAY-ta) (Info)
Family: Aeshnidae
Genus: Anax
Species: junius


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Marion, Arkansas
Paron, Arkansas
Fort Collins, Colorado
Seymour, Connecticut
Parsons, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Dripping Springs, Texas
Grapevine, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 27, 2007, fleursdefouquet from Ferndale, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

This Common Green Darner was discovered resting on a Tree Lantana around 6pm on a Wednesday evening. He did not move and, thinking it was dead 24 hours later, I tried to scrape it off into a box when I discovered it was alive. It remained there at least 36 hours and left some time the next Friday after 8am.


On Sep 9, 2006, GD_Rankin from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

These are some of the larger, if not the largest dragonflies that I see around here. I've watched them fly great distances and rarely see them land. They are pretty common around a large pond near my house and can be seen patrolling the banks regularly. I also see them hunting in the trees and high grass and weeds in my open field.

Once in a while, usually in the early morning, I happen to spook one up from the weeds where it may have been feeding or just resting. Photo opportunities are rare, for me so far anyway, but I was able to get a few when I watched a large adult male land about 100 feet away and was able to sneak up on him. I got close enough to touch him (after I took several photos) and noticed he was missing part of his left front leg.

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