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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Regal Darner (Coryphaeschna ingens) by Kristy Baker
Compare with: Swamp Darner   Cyrano Darner   Phantom Darner  
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distribution Sparingly over the Coastal Plain and extreme lower edge of the Piedmont. However, a most surprising record was documented from the northern mountains (Watauga County) in 2015. Not surprisingly, the northern limit of the species' range is extreme southeastern VA, and it is found mainly in the Southern Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains.
abundance Scarce; seemingly rare, but perhaps uncommon in some of the southern coastal counties north to Jones and Craven. Abundance difficult to assess because of its often high-flying behavior, and its similarity to the very common Swamp Darner, making the species difficult to confirm. Most numerous in Florida.
flight In Georgia, it flies from early April to mid-September. The few (13) flight date records from NC are from 3 May to 10 August, suggesting a moderately extended flight.
habitat Ponds and lakes in forested areas, but may occur over fields and other open areas.

See also Habitat Account for Coastal Plain Wet-Hydric Floodplains
behavior Typically seen flying rather high, often at treetop level, over a pond nearby.
comments The species is very poorly known in North Carolina, recorded only from 15 counties (if the Durham report is correct). Because relatively few reports have been made in recent years, the NC Natural Heritage Program moved the species from the Watch List to the Rare List, as Significantly Rare, in fall 2012. Though this is a very large/long species, it could easily be confused in flight (and even perched if not seen closely) with the much more common Swamp Darner. Fortunately, Conrad Wernett was able to net and photograph one (in hand) in 2013, adding a first record for Jones County. Dave Lenat collected a larva along the southern shore of Lake Waccamaw in 2014 to provide a first record for Columbus County. Kristi Baker provided excellent lateral view photos of one in 2015 from Tyrrell County, documenting a first record for that county and providing a first record for the Pamlimarle Peninsula. John Petranka made a remarkable discovery of one at a high elevation lake near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County (where a stray?), with photographs taken on 1 July 2015.
state_status SR
S_rank S2?
G_rank G5
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Regal Darner

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2016-07-23, - Single female netted and photographed at Lake Waccamaw
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake)
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-09, Mature female perched in tree along my driveway, Holly Ridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-09, Mature female perched in tree along my driveway, Holly Ridge.
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Watauga, 2015-07-01, Patrolling around the spillway of Julian Price Lake. Unusual mountain occurance of Regal Darner. ID confirmed by Dennis Paulson. - Female with cerci missing. Perched momentarily for a long-range, low-resolution photo.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Palmetto-Peartree Preserve
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2013-05-27, - Captured/photoed while viewing Prince Baskettails