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Related Species in AESHNIDAE: Number of records added in 2021 = 34
Added in 2020 from previous year = 1 (2016-04-16)

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Swamp Darner (Epiaeschna heros) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Regal Darner   Cyrano Darner   Phantom Darner  
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distribution Statewide, and certainly occurs in all 100 counties of NC, though no records yet for two of them.
abundance Common to often very common in the Coastal Plain, and fairly common to common in the Piedmont; rare to uncommon in the mountains.
flight The flight is from the end of March or early April into early November in the Coastal Plain. In the Piedmont the flight also begins around late March or early April, and likely ends around mid-October, but oddly we have no records after September! The mountain flight occurs from early or mid-April to mid-October.
habitat Swamps, bottomlands, rivers, and large streams; not numerous around forested lakes or ponds.

See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Hydric Floodplains
behavior Often seen cruising along forested roads and other clearings near woodlands and swamps, such as along roads through bottomlands and swamps. Flight is often head-height to treetop level. Frequently perches, usually at head-height or above, hanging downward from a twig.
comments If a large dragonfly is seen flying over a road through a forested wetland, it is most likely this species. Several can often be seen in the same general area, though it normally doesn't form swarms. It can often be the most commonly seen species on a summer or early fall day, especially in the Coastal Plain.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-02 11:22:11

Photo Gallery for Swamp Darner   42 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Chatham, 2021-07-24, The Glades - F (attemping?) ovipositing on shady bricks and rocks
Photo 2 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-05-03, French Broad River, Hot Springs area - Many flying along the railroad tracks beside the river
Photo 3 by: C. Blackwell

Comment: Yancey, 2020-04-11, Mount Mitchell State Park - specimen had already expired, but was still intact @ -82.265435, 35.765679
Photo 4 by: Audrey Kelly

Comment: Orange, 2020-04-10, Chapel Hill
Photo 5 by: Jan Hansen

Comment: Orange, 2020-03-28, Mason Farm Biological Preserve - Chapel Hill
Photo 6 by: Owen and Pat McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2019-08-10, Found dead by Robin Mason at her house at 4989 West Buffalo Rd. Her cat might have killed it. Robin brought it to me, and I photographed it. - Dead when photographed
Photo 7 by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-19, 9:30am-5pm, sunny and hot, River Road, meadows around Murray Branch
Photo 8 by: Karsh Agbayani

Comment: Johnston, 2019-05-08, Found caught in a cobweb but still alive and later released
Photo 9 by: Karsh Agbayani

Comment: Johnston, 2019-05-08, Found caught in a cobweb but still alive and later released
Photo 10 by: Karsh Agbayani

Comment: Johnston, 2019-05-08, Found caught in a cobweb but still alive and later released
Photo 11 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2019-05-06, Flat Branch- Many individuals spotted along with a Black Saddlebags
Photo 12 by: Doug Allen

Comment: Polk; P, 2019-04-16, FENCE - First record for county
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Wayne, 2019-04-15, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park (CLNE)
Photo 14 by: Owen McConnell and Simpson Eason

Comment: Durham, 2018-06-23, Beaver Marsh Preserve on Ellerbe Creek - female ovipositing in mud
Photo 15 by: M. Turner, J. Daigle, T. Schoch, S. Daniel, K. Larsen

Comment: Harnett; P, 2018-05-10, Cape Fear River Trail, Erwin
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-04-13, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 17 by: John Petranka

Comment: Davidson, 2017-06-03, Boone's Cave Park. Near the picnic shelter. - Female.
Photo 18 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-28, - Lake Waccamaw. Seen on main lake and all adjoining creeks/rivers.
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-05-27, Northeast Cape Fear River between Chinquapin Boat Access and Wayne's Landing Boat Access, by kayak
Photo 20 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-20, - Lake Waccamaw State Park. Small feeding swarm near first dock along lake trail.
Photo 21 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-20, - Several seen perched away from water, later several seen with Mike Turner at the lake itself.
Photo 22 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2017-04-28, Meat Camp Creek ESA - female ovipositing
Photo 23 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Alamance, 2017-04-15, - Several males flying and one female ovipositing; photographed in swampy area along Swepsonville River Park.
Photo 24 by: Lynn Swafford

Comment: Wayne, 2016-04-16,
Photo 25 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-09-05, Waccamaw River - 1 observed in 1 km stretch below dam; 3 observed in 4 km stretch upstream of NC 904 bridge
Photo 26 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-08-28, Shelter Creek by kayak, from Shelter Creek Boating Access to about 2 km downstream
Photo 27 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2015-08-01, Lumber River State Park, Princess Ann Access
Photo 28 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-06-29, Northeast Creek Park, Jacksonville - Captured by a Purple Martin
Photo 29 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2015-06-14, - Feeding swarms present every night, four females collected for ID.
Photo 30 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary