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Common Green Darner

Anax junius


These are among the largest dragonflies in Minnesota with a length and wingspan of about three inches. They have a green thorax; males have a blue abdomen while females have a reddish abdomen.


I often find these large dragonflies in fields and near wetlands, where they breed. They are migratory, however, and can be found in all sorts of habitat, except heavy forest.

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Palaimon 10 years ago

amazing foto!!!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

I've gotten several photos of flying dragonflies, but must have taken hundreds to get the few good ones. As one might expect, most of those photos ended up in the electronic wastebasket as they were out-of-focus, missed, or blurred.

ulvalactuca77 10 years ago


Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

I've always had lots of fun trying to photograph flying dragonflies, and very little luck....grin. This one turned out nice.

Aonach_Eagach 10 years ago

very good photograph

Kevin8 10 years ago

amazing timing! awesome photo!

DarrenC 10 years ago

thats brilliant.. I have spent ages trying to get a photo of a dragonfly in flight, with no luck! they are a difficult thing to capture.. and the focus in this is perfect!

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago


Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on May 11, 2011
Submitted on May 11, 2011


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