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Anax junius

Anax junius

Green Darner (Anax junius)

Order: Odonata

Where found: North America

Description: is one of the biggest and fastest-flying dragonflies, able to reach speeds of 85 km/h (55 mph). This species has several nicknames, including "Darning Needle" for its speed, "Mosquito Hawk" for its predatory habits, and "Lord of June" for its abundance during the summer season. It is also Washington State's state insect.

Behavior: Nymphs (naiads) are aquatic carnivores, feeding on insects, tadpoles, and small fish. Adult darners catch insects on the wing, including ant alates, moths, mosquitoes, and flies.

Reproduction: After mating, the female oviposits in aquatic vegetation, eggs laid beneath the water surface.