Comet Darner Anax longipes Hagen, 1861  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Aeshnidae   >   Genus Anax   

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The distinctive Comet Darner (Anax longipes) is nearly unmistakable, with a pale green thorax and, in mature males, a brilliant reddish-orange abdomen. This showy dragonfly is a strong flyer, and often takes large prey, capturing them in flight with its exceptionally long legs. Comet Darners prefer to breed in fishless ponds, including gravel pits ponds, farm ponds, and beaver meadows. This dragonfly is widespread, but generally uncommon across most of Maryland (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

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A Comet Darner in Wicomico Co., Maryland (6/21/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A male Comet Darner in flight in Howard Co., Maryland (6/30/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Comet Darner found in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Comet Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/3/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Closeup of a Comet Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/3/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Comet Darner in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Closeup of the face of a female Comet Darner in Alachua Co., Florida (6/11/2005). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Comet Darner in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Comet Darner ovipositing in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/6/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Comet Darner in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/1/2017). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Comet Darner in Howard Co., Maryland (6/4/2013). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)


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