The Green Darner, one of our biggest and fastest dragonflies, belongs to an insect order (that also includes Damselflies) dating back over 300 million years. Ancient dragonflies had wingspans of more than two feet while the modern day darner has a wingspan of about 4″. The Green Darner has clear wings, with the female’s tips an amber color. A dragonfly can eat over 500 mosquitoes a night.
Latin Name: Anax Junius
Habitat: Swamp, Marsh, River
Diet: Immature – small fish, tadpoles, water insects; Adult – mosquitoes, other flying insects