Range & Habitat:
Found in North Jersey, primarily in the Ridge & Valley and
May be found in feeding swarms away from water. Breeds
in squishy ponds, small lakes and slow streams
Very similar to
Green-striped Darner. If the anterior lateral stripe is all
blue, the ID is fairly straightforward, but in as many as 10% of New Jersey males, it is partially or completely green, similar to Green-striped.
In Canada Darner, the notch in this stripe usually forms
a 90° or sharper angle.
Canada usually shows a small spot
between the lateral thoracic stripes, absent in Green-striped.
Unfortunately, some male Canadas, usually the ones
that most closely resemble Green-striped, lack this spot as
Intermediate individuals must be ID'd by
examination of the cerci under magnification. Many books
tell you that you can feel small bumps on the cerci of Canada,
but Green-striped cerci feel rough as well, although the bumps
Canada Darners do not look as bright as Green-striped.
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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