Springtime Darner Basiaeschna janata

A very difficult dragon to get a shot of. This is a young male in March. It is early spring that you can see these. Very different habits from the larger darners. Can be fast fliers. This one was in a sheltered wooded trail at Bell Slough. Near the beaver pond and the cypress swamp. Hard to mistake for any other dragon in March. Later the other bluish tinted darners may arise but the rest are rare in AR.

A shot of the head and thorax. The side stripes become yellow to whitish with age in the adults.