Common Green Darner

Common green darner dragonfly perched on a dried flowering stalk, viewed from above
Scientific Name
Anax junius
Aeshnidae (darners) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

The common green darner is abundant and well-known for its bright green, blue, and purple colors. There is a distinctive bullseye-like marking on the head just in front of the big compound eyes. A large dragonfly up to 3 inches long, it is a migratory species that travels south in autumn.

Learn more about the common green darner and other dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) in their group entry.

Other Common Names
Canada Darner
Old-time Ozarkers used to call green darners and other large dragonflies "katynippers" and "snake feeders." These large dragonflies can indeed deliver a pinching bite when handled, but they cannot harm people.
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