Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)

Generally uncommon to fairly common but locally abundant in the eastern half of North Carolina, this is one of the smallest darners in the state.
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Males have clear wings, gray-brown to green eyes, yellowish to green thorax markings, and both pale green and orangish spots on the abdomenal segments. (See photos below for variation.)

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Females are similar but they also amber tinting in the wings (usually), whitish spots along the sides of the abdomen, and the tip of the abdomen is clubbed. (See photos below for variation.)


Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Harlequin Darners (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Mated pair in wheel formation


Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Harlequin Darners (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Note that while Harlequin Darners often rest on tree trunks, they are not always vertical, as noted by the seven individuals in this photograph!


Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Male
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007


Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007

Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata) Female
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeshna furcillata)
Gates Co., NC
13 Apr 2007



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