The blue-eyed darner is a large darner dragonfly that is typically found in western portions of North America, Central America, and northern South America. In North America it ranges west from the Dakotas and north up in to central Canada. It appears as though this species may be extending its range east as we have found specimens of this species here in Minnesota over the past few years. It also may be the case that this species has been here in Minnesota for awhile but since the state has been so poorly surveyed until the past few years it may have been missed. It is easy to identify the species by its bright blue eyes. It also emerges much earlier then most darners. Here in Minnesota the only other darner species that we see as early in the year as the blue-eyed is the springtime darner. The springtime is much smaller so chances are if we see a big darner early in the year it is probably a blue-eyed darner.