The Swift River Cruiser is a long, slender, dark brown dragonfly with long wings, bright green eyes, and a single yellow side stripe on the thorax. They are strong flyers that can often be seen patrolling long territories along the shore of rivers, streams, and lakes
Active from almost dusk to dark, males make long distance patrol flights following the shoreline and darting after any interloper or female that they might find. When they are not flying they typically perch vertically from tree branches in the canopy, branches on bushes, weeds or other vegetation
Large streams and rivers, lakes with open shoreline
Females lay eggs by flying swift, low over the water and tapping their abdomen on the surface in intervals up to about 30 feet
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