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Anaciaeschna jaspidea (Burmeister)

Rusty Darner (Anaciaeschna jaspidea)


Austral Islands: Rurutu, Tubuai
Cook Islands: Rarotonga
Samoa: Savai’i, ‘Upolu
Society Islands: Huahine, Mo’orea, Ra’iatea, Taha’a, Tahiti

local names: –


This is a quite large dragonfly, reaching a wingspan of about 9 cm.  

It is indigenous from India to Australia and beyond to the eastern part of Central Polynesia, where it can be found from the Cook Islands to the Austral – and Society Islands.  

The Rusty Darner is not as colourful as other species and can be identified in the field by its extremely large head, which again seems to be made almost completely of the two giant eyes alone.  



[1] Karin S. Kami; Scott E. Miller: Samoan Insects and related Arthropods: Checklist and Bibliography. Bishop Museum Technical Report 13. 1998 
[2] Milen Marinov; Warren Chin; Eric Edwards; Brian Patrick; Hamish Patrick: A revised and updated Odonata checklist of Samoa (Insecta: Odonata). Faunistic Studies in South-East Asian and Pacific Island Odonata 5: 1-21. 2013
[3] Milen Marinov; Frederic A. Jacq; Thibault Ramage; Crile Doscher: Contribution to the Odonata fauna of the Society Islands, French Polynesia (Insecta: Odonata). Journal of the International Dragonfly Fund 28: 1-37. 2019


Photo: Haomiao Zhang; by courtesy of Haomiao Zhang


edited: 27.09.2019