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Fawn Darner (Boyeria vinosa) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Ocellated Darner  
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Distribution Nearly statewide, but apparently absent from the immediate eastern Coastal Plain north and south of Albemarle Sound. No records east of Gates, Chowan, Beaufort, and Carteret counties.
Abundance Uncommon to fairly common (but easily overlooked) in the mountains, Piedmont, and upper Coastal Plain; less numerous in much of the Coastal Plain, but not rare except near the coast.
Flight The flight begins in mid-May in the Coastal Plain, late May in the Piedmont, and mid-June in the mountains. It extends into early November in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, and to late October in the mountains.
Habitat Flies low over creeks, typically following the creek banks, poking into nooks and crannies. Favors somewhat slow-moving creeks in hardwood forests.
Behavior This species and the Ocellated Darner like dark places. It rests for most of the day inside a forest, hanging on twigs; sometimes disturbed when an observer is walking through a forest near a creek. It normally flies late in the afternoon and at dusk.
Comments Fawn Darners must often be intentionally searched for, looking around creeks late in the day. A dragonfly flying slowly back and forth along creek banks, in shady situations, is often a Fawn Darner.
State Rank S5
State Status
Global Rank G5
Federal Status
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-09 12:56:09

Photo Gallery for Fawn Darner   41 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2023-08-03, Feeding on moths at front porch light at 9:52 p.m.
Photo 2 by: L. Arent

Comment: Watauga, 2022-09-09, Brookshire Park - Male and female in the high grass on the river bank (South Fork New River).
Photo 3 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2021-09-12, - Stream crossed by Huntersville-Concord Rd., near east end of Oehler Nature Preserve
Photo 4 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2021-08-28, NHCBS, Hollow Rock Nature Park, West of Pickett Road, New Hope Creek
Photo 5 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Surry, 2021-08-23, Pilot Mountain State Park
Photo 6 by: Tiffany Huffman

Comment: Catawba, 2021-08-19, Catawba River at Riverbend Park. iNaturalist record 92235396 posted by John Petranka - Female
Photo 7 by: Fletcher Stone

Comment: Orange, 2021-07-10, Duke Forest Korstian Division near the concrete bridge. iNaturalist record # - Teneral.
Photo 8 by: Jim Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2020-07-18, 782 River Bend Drive, Mars Hill. - attracted to black light
Photo 9 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-07-05, Murray Branch Area - Perched during day
Photo 10 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-06-12, Broadwing Farm, 8:30pm - Flying weakly out of a tractor shed
Photo 11 by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Moore; C, 2019-06-11, Hector Creek, between NC Hwy 690 and Little River - Adult
Photo 12 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Stokes, 2018-10-07, Dan River @ NC 704 - netted, photographed and released
Photo 13 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Surry, 2018-10-06, Mitchell River @ public fishing area along SR 1330
Photo 14 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-09-07, Yadkin River @ SR 1605 (Old US 421)
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hoke, 2018-09-03, Lumber River, from Wagram Boating Access Area to Lumber River State Park - Chalk Banks boat ramp and back, by kayak
Photo 16 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-08-26, Pilot Mountain State Park -- river section
Photo 17 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Yancey, 2018-08-10
Photo 18 by: Owen McConneli and Simpson Eason

Comment: Graham, 2018-07-31, At 9:22 PM it perched on the porch ceiling of the cabin at 4950 West Buffalo Rd. Moths were being attracted to cabin lights
Photo 19 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Alleghany, 2018-07-15, New River @ SR 1345 (Farmers Fish Camp Rd.)
Photo 20 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Columbus, 2017-11-02, Lumber River at Fair Bluff. Along the River Walk boardwalk. - Males. One feeding on a male Smoky Rubyspot.
Photo 21 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Scotland, 2017-10-01, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 22 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Scotland, 2017-10-01, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 23 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2017-09-27, Stone Mountain State Park, East Prong of the Roaring River. Along river near parking area at end of the paved part of Stone Mountain Rd. - 6 males and 1 female, including 1 mating pair. 2 males netted, photographed and released.
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-09-24, Northeast Cape Fear River, from Chinquapin Boating Access Area to 3 km upstream and 1 km downstream, by kayak
Photo 25 by: Jim Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-21, In Ivy River along Forks-of-Ivy Road. - Several individuals were observed working the stream edge during mid-afternoon.
Photo 26 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Harnett, 2017-07-29, Raven Rock State Park
Photo 27 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2017-05-18, - Female along Cowhorn Creek
Photo 28 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2016-07-04, at my house late in the evening - netted right at dusk patrolling my yard
Photo 29 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-06-04, White Oak River between Quarry lakes and Dixon Field Landing
Photo 30 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-06-04, White Oak River between Quarry lakes and Dixon Field Landing