Flight Season: Feb.23-Dec.1
Distribution: Throughout the region
The colorful Blue-eyed Darner is a widespread western dragonfly that’s especially common in the Southwest. It belongs to the group known as mosaic darners (named for their ornate abdominal patterns) which are mostlu found in the northern states and Canada. three of the mosaic darners extend south into this region and three more tropical species have established populations in the Southwest.
In flight this species glowing blue eyes will be your first clue to its identity. When one hangs off a reed, note also its pale blue face and the dark brown thorax with slender, pale blue stripes. Above the complexly patterned blue, black and brown abdomen is marked with alternating pairs of large and small blue spots. the female is similiar but the blue is replaced with pale green, the thermal appendages are rounded and she has a dark line across her face.