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Ocellated Darner (Boyeria grafiana) by John Petranka
Compare with: Fawn Darner  
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distribution Mountains only, though perhaps into the Piedmont foothills; recorded from 11 counties. One documented by a photo from Graham County in 2019 was a new county record and the first recent report for the southern mountains. This is a northern species that ranges south only to the mountains of northern Georgia.
abundance Rare to uncommon (at best). As most of the records with data are older than 20 years ago, it might now be considered rare. Fortunately, there were three records documented by photographs in 2013, but all from a single county (Watauga).
flight The flight occurs in late summer and early fall -- from early August to the end of September. In Georgia, it also flies in August and September (Beaton 2007). The April and June records on the flight charts are for nymphs only.
habitat Mainly at fast, rocky streams in wooded habitats; however, recent records in Watauga County have also been at wet meadows and bogs.
behavior As with Fawn Darner, it forages by flying along creek banks, apparently fairly slowly. However, that species occurs mainly along slow moving waters, whereas the Ocellated occurs along rapidly moving waters.
comments As there is relatively little odonate field work currently in the mountains, as compared with the other provinces, its range and status are not well known. Thus, the N.C. Natural Heritage Program wishes to keep records on it, and in November 2012 has up-listed it from Watch List to the Rare List, as Significantly Rare. Photos in 2013 documented the first records for Watauga County. More photos were made in Yancey County in 2017, though there is a vague, old report from this county. As mentioned above, there was a welcome new record from Graham County in 2019.
state_status SR
S_rank S2?
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G_rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-02 10:50:01

Photo Gallery for Ocellated Darner   13 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Scott Pohlman

Comment: Watauga, 2021-08-01, near Blue Ridge Parkway, near Bamboo; individual found dead
Photo 2 by: Owen and Pat McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2019-08-07, Hanging from a front porch rafter at our cabin at 4950 W. Buffalo Rd. at 7:35 A.M. - Maybe preying on moths attracted to building lights
Photo 3 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt, Chuck Smith.

Comment: Yancey, 2017-09-19, South Toe River at Black Mountain Campground. - Male netted, photographed, and released. Others also appeared to be males, but can't be certain.
Photo 4 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt, Chuck Smith.

Comment: Yancey, 2017-09-19, South Toe River at Black Mountain Campground. - Male netted, photographed, and released. Others also appeared to be males, but can't be certain.
Photo 5 by: Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-28, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 6 by: Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-28, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 7 by: Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-28, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 8 by: Bob Cherry and Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-27, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 9 by: Bob Cherry

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-02, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 10 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2009-08-20, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area - male
Photo 11 by: Bob Cherry and Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-27, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 12 by: Bob Cherry and Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-27, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 13 by: Bob Cherry and Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-08-27, Blue Ridge Parkway