Suborder: Anisoptera

Family: Aeshnidae
California Darner Lance-tipped Darner
Variable Darner Blue-eyed Darner
Paddle-tailed Darner Zigzag Darner

Shadow Darner

Common Green Darner

Aeshnidae: The Darners

Family Facts:

Genus: Aeshna
Members of this genus have a brown base coloration, with blue or yellow stripes on the side of the thorax, and blue, green or yellow spots on each segment of the abdomen. They are medium to large sized dragonflies. Females in this genus fly singly, without the male attached, and lay their eggs alone in the stems of aquatic plants or in decaying wood that has fallen into the water.

Aeshna californica- California Darner
Aeshna constricta- Lance-tipped Darner
Aeshna interrupta- Variable Darner
Aeshna multicolor- Blue-eyed Darner
Aeshna palmata- Paddle-tailed Darner
Aeshna sitchensis- Zigzag Darner
Aeshna umbrosa- Shadow darner

These are our largest dragonflies. The smallest member of this genus is the largest dragonfly found in Idaho! The other members are found further south. These dragonflies have a solid green thorax with no stripes. Females fly singly or in tandem with the male to lay their eggs in the stems of aquatic plants.

Anax junius- Common Green Darner

Written by Mark Lung and Stefan Sommer, 2001
Photo by Dennis Paulson
Page design by Ean Harker 2001.