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Swamp Darner

Epiaeshna heros

Description:

This large dragonfly is often seen overhead at forest edges and along wide forested roads. Note bright blue eyes and brown thorax with green stripes.

Habitat:

Common statewide in North Carolina. Seen at Mason Farm Biological Preserve.

Notes:

I almost stepped on this large individual lying in the grass in the middle of a path. At first, I thought she might be dead but she grabbed on to a stick. I carried her to the edge of a swampy area; she rapidly beat her wings as if trying to fly but not able to get lift-off. Finally, she clung to a stem. I think she may have been dying.

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10 Comments

tmvdh
tmvdh 9 years ago

GREAT series!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wonderful!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks, Louisiana Belle; I like the coloring, too.

Louisiana Belle
Louisiana Belle 9 years ago

So beautiful and colorful!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks, Bud and Ismael!

misako
misako 9 years ago

beautiful!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Such a beautiful damselfly and fantastic series

BudShinall
BudShinall 9 years ago

Great photos, love them.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks, Carol. I have some others, too, but have to ID them first before posting them. They're very cool insects.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Great series! I can't wait for dragonflies here.

Maria dB
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Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2012
Submitted on May 20, 2012

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