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Tapered-Tail Darner

Gomphaeschna antilope


2-3 inches long. Predominantly dark brown.


Sidewalk, beside retention ditch of water with water fountain. Other nearby species: Northern rough necked swallows, Canada Geese, Common Grackles.


Could this be a Tapered-Tail Darner, or maybe a Harlequin? Update: ID confirmed as Taper-Tailed Darner. Thanks to Mike Boatwright for noting this is a new early date for VA (previous was April 16). ...It is curious that the name varies. iNaturalist uses Taper-tailed instead of Tapered-tail.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Tapered-Tail Darner
Gomphaeschna antilope taper-tailed darner - Gomphaeschna antilope - BugGuide.Net

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1 Comment

Ornithoptera80 9 months ago

It is probably a Tapered-Tail Darner because the patterns and wing markings on this dragonfly.

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Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Apr 14, 2020
Submitted on Apr 15, 2020

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