Waipio Valley Stream Restoration Study

Insects: Native Species

Scientific name: Anax junius
Common name(s): Pinao , Common Green Darner Dragonfly

Anax junius

Status: Indigenouss

Habitat: This dragonfly is found in lower parts streams and wetlands.

Preferred Area of Stream: Thickly vegetated areas in stream bank areas, lower wetland areas near ocean and common in kalo lo‘i.

Range in Hawai‘i: Common on all Hawaiian Islands

Diet: Insects, mosquitoes, and the larvae can eat small fish and shrimp

Predators: Native and introduced fish

Fact: This dragonfly is found all over the world and got to Hawai‘i on its own. Both the larvae and the adult are great hunters and often eat a lot of introduced pests like mosquitoes and flies. This dragonfly is distinguished by its yellow stripe on the leading edge of its forewing.