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  Comet Darner
            Anax longipes Hagen, 1861

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Range & Habitat:

Found throughout the state, but more common on the coastal plain.  Flies long patrols over lakes and ponds.

Comet Darner male
male 

Description:

Huge, with a green thorax and bright red abdomen.  Unmistakable once you've seen one, but until you do, you will keeping trying to make female Common Green Darners into Comets.

Females. as shown, have a brownish abdomen patterned with blue spots.  Frequently, female Common Green Darners will look redder in flight than female Comet Darner

 

Conservation Status:

State: S2S3 - Rare to imperiled in New Jersey

Global: G5 - Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range

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Flight season:

Early Date: 5/3
Late Date: 9/11

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Flight Season

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Number of Records
2 3 7 1 2
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Months

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Date, distribution, and status data courtesy of Allen Barlow, NJOS

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