The Variable Darner is a common mosaic darner of the Northern United States and Canada. Thoracic stripes are varied, ranging from thin stripes, to a pair of dots connected with a line, to each stripe broken into a pairs of dashes. It is often hard to see the stripes on males in flight
Males typically patrol the shoreline, flying low at the edge of where the open water meets vegetation, across a defined territory looking for females. Will join in mixed feeding swarms in the evening often hunting past sunset
Lakes and ponds, especially those with boggy edges, and slow streams. Usually found breeding in more acidic wetlands
Pairs can often be seen in wheel or in tandem. Females lay eggs in submerged or floating vegetation, often resting on branches or logs while ovipositing into submerged plant stems.
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