Swamp Darner dragonfly (female)

Dragonflies are classified as either “fliers” or “perchers,” based upon their feeding habits. Swamp Darner dragonflies (Epiaeschna heros) are fliers; it is uncommon to see them perching.

A Swamp Darner dragonfly (Epiaeschna heros) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

15 MAY 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Swamp Darner (female)

This individual is a female, as indicated by her terminal appendages. She was perching near a vernal pool, probably resting after egg-laying (oviposition).

A Swamp Darner dragonfly (Epiaeschna heros) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

15 MAY 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Swamp Darner (female)

Please look at the full-size version of both photos in order to see the exquisite coloration of this dragonfly.

Related Resources: Digital Dragonflies, presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.

  • Genus Epiaeschna | Epiaeschna heros | Swamp Darner | female | top view
  • Genus Epiaeschna | Epiaeschna heros | Swamp Darner | female | side view
  • Genus Epiaeschna | Epiaeschna heros | Swamp Darner | male | top view
  • Genus Epiaeschna | Epiaeschna heros | Swamp Darner | male | side view

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One Response to “Swamp Darner dragonfly (female)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    The coloration indeed is amazing–I especially love those eyes. Beautiful shots of what is generally an elusive and quick-moving dragonfly.

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