The Western Flying Adder is part of the very common summer flying insect generically grouped as "dragonflies". They appear quite large when compared to most insects at about 70mm to 85mm in length. With their wings, they can hit heights of up to 135mm in length. Coloring on these creatures is quite impressive, yielding an almost brown to black surface with accents of yellow at intervals with eyes appearing green.
Western Flying Adders, like most other dragonflies, can be found near streams and woods. This particular species is designated as "western" due to being a common site west of the Rocky Mountains and north through Canada.
Females will insert their eggs into woods or plants. hatchlings then make their way to water where they mature in the spring.
Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
Common name: Western Flying Adder
Scientific Name: Cordulegaster dorsalis
Other Names: Flying Adder
Adult Size (Length): 70mm to 135mm (2.76in to 5.31in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: green; black; yellow
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho
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