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Related Species in AESHNIDAE: Number of records for 2024 = 10
Added in 2024 from a previous year = 1

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Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata) by Mark Shields
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Flight Charts
Distribution Nearly statewide. Might be absent in a few of the extreme eastern counties (not recorded from Currituck southward to Carteret counties). Of spotty occurrence in the southern mountains, though likely occurs in all counties there.
Abundance Widespread, but only uncommon to occasionally fairly common in most of the Piedmont and upper half of the Coastal Plain. Uncommon in the eastern Coastal Plain and mountains, and rare to locally absent near the northeastern and eastern coastal areas.
Flight Primarily mid-late March to late May in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; several "fluke" records in mid- to late June in the Piedmont. Mainly late March to early June in the mountains. Peak numbers are in mid-April.
Habitat Breeds at streams, less often at ponds or lakes. More often seen along woodland borders or wide roads.
Behavior Flies low along dirt roads and clearings in upland or mesic woods, perching frequently in an oblique manner on twigs. Relatively easy to identify, as it is not particularly wary when perched.
Comments The turquoise blue spots on the abdomen are quite stunning, especially in males. The species can often be identified in flight through binoculars, if the blue spots can be seen.
State Rank S5
State Status
Global Rank G5
Federal Status
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-09 12:48:29

Photo Gallery for Springtime Darner   36 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2023-12-18, Hot Springs area, French Broad
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Caldwell, 2023-05-10, Wilson Creek, about 1.5 km downstream from Mortimer
Photo 3 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Catawba, 2022-04-16, Wilderness Gateway State Trail - Jacob Fork East
Photo 4 by: Dick Thomas

Comment: Guilford, 2022-04-06, Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point - male patrolling over retention pond
Photo 5 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2022-04-02, NHCBS, Hollow Rock Nature Park, Pickett Road Edges
Photo 6 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-04-20, Hot Springs area
Photo 7 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Moore; C, 2021-03-28, Sandhills CC Horticultural Gardens
Photo 8 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Durham, 2020-04-05, Walking roads at Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment. - Male.
Photo 9 by: John Petranka

Comment: Burke; M, 2019-05-21, Linville River at Linville Falls Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway. - Male.
Photo 10 by: John Petranka

Comment: Avery, 2019-05-20, Linville River at Linville Falls Picnic Area third loop, Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 316.5 - Female. Ovipositing.
Photo 11 by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Buncombe, 2019-05-16, at Alexander River Park.
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Mitchell, 2019-05-16, Living Waters Campground, Glen Ayre. - males patrolling edges of ponds. One netted, photographed, and released. First record for county.
Photo 13 by: John Petranka, Mark Shields

Comment: Orange, 2019-04-18, Eno River State Park (ENRI) - Cole Mill Section. Along powerline corridor SW of Old Cole Mill Rd. - 2 males and 1 female, including mating pair.
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2019-03-30, Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve, Winnabow
Photo 15 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2018-05-07, My backyard, Falls of New Hope neighborhood, Falls Drive. - Male.
Photo 16 by: John Petranka

Comment: Scotland, 2018-04-13, Lumber River State Park (LURI), Chalk Banks Access. - Male photographed.
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips, and Cathy Songer

Comment: Robeson, 2018-04-06, Lumber River State Park (LURI) Princess Ann Access
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2018-04-03, Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing, Croatan National Forest
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-04-01, New River, from Henry McAllister Landing to 3 km upstream by kayak
Photo 20 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2017-04-26, Meat Camp Creek ESA - would not stop patrolling but did get some blurry in flight pics
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-11, Island Creek trail, Croatan National Forest - 1 patrolling male, 1 ovipositing female
Photo 22 by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-04-09, Dark Hollow Creek
Photo 23 by: John Petranka

Comment: Montgomery, 2016-04-05, Uwharrie NF along FS Rd. 555 just downstream from confluence of Moccasin Creek with Uwharrie River. Males. Photo.
Photo 24 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2016-03-30, Latta Plantation Nature Preserve - near stream on Piedmont Prairie Trail
Photo 25 by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2014-04-21, Cane Creek Park lake - clear sky, temp 70 F, variable winds to 15 knots. - Patrolling feeder creeks.
Photo 26 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-04-27, Lake Raleigh
Photo 27 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2013-04-23, Cape Fear River, Holly Shelter Game Land
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-12, along the French Broad River - Male & Female
Photo 29 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-04-05, Sandy Mush Game Land, northern Buncombe County - Female
Photo 30 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-03-27, Cedar Hill, Sandy Mush Game Land, northern Buncombe County, Temp upper 60s, Sunny, light northerly wind, - Male & Female, seen along dirt road