Status: Not Listed
Off all the types of dragonflies in the United States, the giant darner dragonfly is the largest. Most people identify the dragonfly by its size and abdomen. The abdomen has a slight downward curve and is covered in large, bright, metallic blue spots. The abdomen makes up more than two-thirds of the dragonfly's body.
The other two segments on the giant darner dragonfly's body are its green head and thorax. Together they make up less than a third of the total length of the dragonfly. On top of the thorax are two sets of wings. The wings are clear with black structural veins throughout. In total, the giant darner dragonfly can grow to five inches (13 centimeters) long with a five-inch wingspan.
Giant darner dragonflies inhabit the U.S. Southwest. They're often seen around ponds, streams, and marshes.
These dragonflies eat a lot of smaller insects that we consider pests, such as mosquitoes.
As many Americans gather this week with family and friends to mark Thanksgiving, we want to take the time to recognize the different meanings this day holds for Indigenous Peoples.Read More
Promoting more-inclusive outdoor experiences for allRead the Story
A groundbreaking bipartisan bill aims to address the looming wildlife crisis before it's too late, while creating sorely needed jobs.Read More
A Year of Staying Close: Winners of Our 2021 Photo ContestSee the Winners
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.