Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
This species is mostly black and brown, but the top of the head is a deep metallic purple. The wings are clear except for a large black splotch at the base of each hindwing, making the body appear wider than it is. There are light spots on the tops of abdominal segments 3 to 7 which darken in mature males. This species migrates.
Size: 51-55 mm (2.0-2.2 in)
Habitat: ponds, slow streams, ditches
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, NM, CO, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: late May to early October
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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