This darner, looking a little worse for wear, decided to perch on Kimberly’s child’s head. It was a truly special moment considering these big insects don’t sit still very long. Paddle-tailed Darners are one of the most common darners in Montana and can be found across the entire state. They tend to inhabit lakes and ponds that have dense shoreline vegetation as well as marshy areas, fens, and slow moving streams and sloughs. Darners are incredibly fast and agile hunters, catching a wide variety of flying insects in midair — mosquitos, moths, flies, flying ants …even smaller dragonfly species. Thank you for sharing this cool experience with us, Kimberly and Saoirse!
Photos by Kimberly Spence around 9/2/20 in Stevensville, MT