Mosaic or hero darner?
September 3, 2009
At first I thought it was a low plane, but it was just this injured dragonfly. I’m guessing it’s a mosaic darner; it didn’t last long after it landed on the garden hose. The wingspan was a bit over 5 1/4 inches-pretty huge.
dexter
southeastern LI, NY, USA

Darner

Swamp Darner

Dear Dexter,
There are people out there far more qualified than we are to correctly identify your Darner.  Hopefully, someone will write in with an identification.

Darner

Swamp Darner

Update from Eric Eaton
September 6, 2009
Daniel:
I believe the “unknown darner” is a “swamp darner,” Epiaeschna heros, one of the largest dragonflies in North America and a great find.  Nice images of it, too!
Eric

Location: New York

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