Green Darner Dragonfly: Washington state insect

September 8, 2016
Burke Museum
Two Green Darner Dragonfly specimens

Two Green Darner Dragonfly specimens
Photo credit: Burke Museum

Did you know that the Washington state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly? These two beautiful Green Darner Dragonfly (Anax junius) specimens were recently collected in Magnuson Park in Seattle, WA and are now part of the Burke collection.

The Green Darner Dragonfly is one of the largest and fastest-flying dragonflies. They are commonly found throughout North America, migrating north for the summer from Mexico and the southern United States.

Interestingly, according to Science Magazine, they were once believed to lack a sense of smell but a new study found that they may use odors to hunt prey. They also have excellent eyesight—each of their large eyes has around 30,000 lenses!

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen
Photo credit: Burke Museum

Two Green Darner Dragonfly specimens

Two Green Darner Dragonfly specimens
Photo credit: Burke Museum

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen
Photo credit: Burke Museum

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