Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lance-tipped Darner (Aeshna constricta)

One of several local species of Mosaic Darners, this specimen is a male, found downtown, presumably stunned by a collision with a vehicle. After being photographed he was released in a secluded place in a garden to recuperate.

Front and lateral views. The ruler in one of the photos gives an idea of the size of this eye-catching and attractive dragonfly, this one is about 80 mm long.

Lateral and dorsal views of the terminal abdominal segments