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  Swamp Darner
            Epiaeschna heros (Fabricius, 1798)

Species distribution map

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.

Swamp Darner female lateral 

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Description:

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

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Flight season:

Early Date: 4/28
Late Date: 10/24

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Flight Season

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Number of Records
30 
1 7 30 27 9 1 1
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Months

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Date, distribution, and status data courtesy of Allen Barlow, NJOS

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