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Swamp Darner

Epiaeshna heros


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.


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


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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tmvdh 9 years ago

GREAT series!

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


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 9 years ago


Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Such a beautiful damselfly and fantastic series

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 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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