Cyrano Darner Nasiaeschna pentacantha

Named for that fabulous nose protrusion. This is a male. Females are similar in color. Both are similar to the larger Swamp Darner but have a distinctive slow cruising flight often closely over the water. Cyranos don't swarm in groups as the Swampies do. They prefer slow flowing streams and swamps, even muddy or nearly stagnant waters. The larvae cling to sticks in these waters.

Rare natural perched shot of a Cyrano that is very fresh. Note the blue color has not morphed to the full adult green coloration yet. Note again the nose.