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Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
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Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)

General: Blue-eyed Darners (Rhionaeschna multicolor) typically rest hanging vertically on a plant stem. Males are recognized by the bright blue face and eyes, blue stripes on the thorax, and the mosaic of blue, copper, and black on the abdomen. Females are similar, but have a pale brown facial line. In all darners, the abdomen is long and thin.

These active creatures are harmless to humans, but they are voracious predators of small flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes. There are some good places to watch dragonflies around Las Vegas.

Taxonomy: Order Odonata, Suborder Anisoptera, Family Aeshnidae.

Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Clasper at the tip of the abdomen (dorsal view)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Clasper at the tip of the abdomen (ventral view)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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