Swamp Darner - Epiaeschna heros (Fabricius, 1798)

Range & Habitat:

Ranges throughout the state.

Most often found patrolling at or above head height along wooded paths and hedgerows, usually not at water. Females visit boggy spots and rotting logs along the edge of small ponds and even puddles.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 28 April
Late Date: 24 October

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Huge. The size makes it almost unmistakable, but just in case, the blue eyes, prominent green thoracic stripes and brown abdomen ringed in green should remove all doubt.


Conservation Status:
State: S5 Demonstrably secure in the state
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range