Springtime Darner Basiaeschna janata (Say, 1939)  

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Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata) is a widespread early-season dragonfly with a striped thorax and spots on the abdomen, resembling a small version of the later-flying mosaic darners (genus Aeshna). Springtime Darner shows dark basal spots on its wings, which mosaic darners lack, and it is active primarily earlier in the year. This darner is usually found breeding at flowing water, like creeks and rivers, but can occasionally be found at some ponds or lakes (Paulson, 2011). It is widespread and common in Maryland (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 65 records in the project database.

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A Springtime Darner in Washington Co., Maryland (5/12/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Springtime Darner found in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/14/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Springtime Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A male Springtime Darner in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/6/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Springtime Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/24/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A male Springtime Darner in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/6/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Springtime Darner in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A male Springtime Darner in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/6/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A freshly emerged Springtime Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/28/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

The larva of a Springtime Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/28/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)


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