Blue- eyed Darner

North American Arthropods

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Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Odonata

Family: Aeshnidae

Genus: Rhionaeschna

Species: Multicolor

Body Plan

The suspect has beautiful blue eyes, large in size almost2.5 to 2.75 inches long. easy to be spotted and identify. There tails are blue and black and can be difficult to miss. Darner only makes an appearance after winter is over but only in the western part of the continent.

Development

First is the egg stage and the dragonfly will lay there eggs in, on, on near the water. The next stage would be the larval stage. This stage is when the dragonflies haven't reached adulthood yet and they can' t leave the water just yet. The next stage would be the adult stage. This is where the dragonflies can finally come out of the water and start to fly with the rest of the dragonflies. During the adult stage the dragonfly expands its thorax causing the exoskeleton to split open.

General Ecology

The blue eyed darner are active predators. They are able to swim by jet propulsion - squirting water out of the ends of their abdomens. The blue eyed darner can generally take several years to mature, and when they change they do that only at night.

Locomotion

They fly in early June into October. They have to shad there skin before they can fly by going into the water to do so. And males spend most of there time patrolling mating territories and hunting.

Resources

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"The Dragonfly Life Cycle." About.com Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.


"Blue-eyed Darner." Blue-eyed Darner. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.


"Blue-eyed Darner." Blue-eyed Darner. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.