What Time is it in Nature: Common Green Darner


NC Museum of Natural Sciences Blogs

It’s the time of year where many animal species start to move about the world. Some very long and impressive migrations are about to happen or are currently in progress, but most people tend to think about birds or mammals on the move if they consider migrations at all. There are some impressive insect migrations as well, and one species, the Common Green Darner (Anax junius) is currently making its way through North Carolina as it moves from its cooling summer habitats to more favorable climes further south.

Green darner dragonfly

Common Green Darners are dragonflies in the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and family Aeshnidae (darners). Within the US, they are one of the larger and more distinctive dragonflies. They have huge yellow-brown or greenish eyes that wrap around most of the top and sides of their heads with an eye or bullseye-shaped mark on the face just in front of the eyes. The…

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