Anax longipes (Comet Darner)Vermont would appear out of the range of this swift and impressive dragonfly. Yet a single larvae was collected from a farm pond near Norwich, Vermont, on 5 Sept. 1999 and reared to adult by Mark McPeek. The specimen was not preserved. An adult was photographed on 4 August 2015 in Chittenden County by Joshua Phillips.

It remains unknown whether a viable population of Anax longipes exists in Vermont. This impressive dragonfly is known to establish temporary populations at the periphery of its range. So it may yet be encountered rocketing around ponds, particularly in southern Vermont. This is an uncommon species, widely distributed throughout the eastern parts of the region.

Conservation Status

State: SU, Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Global: G5

Flight Period

Unknown in Vermont.

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Vermont Distribution