Giant Hawaiian darner

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This article is about an insect. For the Pinao people, see Pijao.
Giant Hawaiian darner
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Aeshnidae
Genus: Anax
Species: A. strenuus
Binomial name
Anax strenuus
Hagen, 1867

The giant Hawaiian darner or naw, also known as the giant Hawaiian dragonfly or pinao (Anax strenuus), is a species of dragonfly in the family Aeshnidae. It is one of two species of dragonfly that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.[1] It is particularly common at higher elevations.[2]

This species is one of the largest of all modern dragonflies, reaching a wingspan of 152 mm.


  1. ^ Howarth, Francis G.; Mull, William P. (1992). Hawaiian insects and their kin. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-1469-4. 
  2. ^ "Anax strenuus". Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Retrieved 9 August 2011.