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Related Species in AESHNIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 3

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Taper-tailed Darner by John Petranka
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sciName Gomphaeschna antilope
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Taper-tailed Darner
distribution Eastern half of the state only; throughout the Coastal Plain, and in the Piedmont west to Caswell, Orange, Chatham, Moore, and Richmond counties. A photo record from Burke County was most unusual and well to the west of the expected range. It should not be assumed to occur throughout the Piedmont based on this single "out-of-range" record.
abundance Uncommon in the southern and central Coastal Plain, but rare in the northern third of the province. Rare to locally uncommon in the eastern Piedmont west to Orange County. Essentially absent in the western two-thirds of the Piedmont (despite the single record).
flight Spring into early summer only. In the Coastal Plain, the flight is mainly from early April (very rarely in late March) to late June, sparingly into July. In the Piedmont, the flight occurs from early April to late June. The peak is from mid-April to early May.
habitat Typically in and near swamps, but also along nearby rivers and streams.
behavior Forages typically singly along wooded roads and openings near swamps and rivers, not over the water. As with the Harlequin Darner, it often perches vertically on tree trunks, where it can be photographed near human eye-level.
comments The species looks similar to Harlequin Darner, though has less green spots on the abdomen. Whereas the latter has a somewhat similar range and flight period to Taper-tailed, it is much more often encountered. There were few recent observations until about two years ago, probably owing to better coverage of the Coastal Plain.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Taper-tailed Darner

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2015-06-23, Saw at a customers house while building a deck - male perched under a deck in Chapel Hill
Photo by: Newman, Randy

Comment: Carteret, 2004-05-30. FOMA - North winds most likely blew specimen from mainland.
Photo by: Newman, Randy

Comment: Carteret, 2004-05-30, FOMA - North winds most likely blew specimen from mainland.
Photo by: Matt Windsor

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2007-07-20, Nags Head, maritime thicket
Photo by: Randy Newman

Comment: Carteret, 2004-05-29, female, Atlantic Beach
Photo by: Scott Hartley

Comment: Moore; C, 2010-04-13, male
Photo by: Scott Hartley

Comment: Moore; C, 2010-04-13, male
Photo by: Jeff Beane

Comment: Moore; C, 2014-05-24, Moore Co., 5.4 airmi. WSW Pinebluff, SR 1004, ca. 0.2 rdmi. NNW Drowning Cr./Richmond Co. line. Injured on road. 24 May 2014. JCB - found injured on road
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Burke; M, 2015-05-11, South Mountains State Park. - Along the Horseridge Trail
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Palmetto-Peartree Preserve
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-07, Alligator River NWR Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail - 3 Females & 2 Males - Including a mating pair.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Palmetto-Peartree Preserve
Photo by: Bobby J. Ward

Comment: Wake, 2015-05-31, photographed at his yard on Wimbleton Dr. in Raleigh
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-11, Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing, Croatan National Forest - female
Photo by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Tyrrell, 2013-05-10, - Seen just after dawn, perched on a pine trunk.
Photo by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Tyrrell, 2013-05-10, - Seen just after dawn, perched on a pine trunk.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Wake, 2017-04-10, Raleigh, near Falls Lake State Park - male, flew into me at 8:25 pm, presumably coming in to my zapperless bug zapper light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Wake, 2017-04-10, Raleigh, near Falls Lake State Park - male, flew into me at 8:25 pm, presumably coming in to my zapperless bug zapper light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Wake, 2017-04-10, Raleigh, near Falls Lake State Park - male, flew into me at 8:25 pm, presumably coming in to my zapperless bug zapper light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Wake, 2017-04-10, Raleigh, near Falls Lake State Park - male, flew into me at 8:25 pm, presumably coming in to my zapperless bug zapper light
Photo by: John Petranka, Richard Stickney

Comment: Orange, 2017-04-26, Eno River State Park (ENRI), Fews Ford Section near the main parking area. - Female; netted, photographed and released.
Photo by: Paul Hart

Comment: Harnett; C, 2017-05-29, Anderson Creek County Park - Male
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Bladen, 2016-04-26, Sugg's Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake), area around dam. Suggs Millpond Game Land. Common over roads and around millpond. Photo.
Photo by: John Petranka, Richard Stickney

Comment: Orange, 2017-04-26, Eno River State Park (ENRI), Fews Ford Section at transmission line corridor. - Male; netted, photographed and released.
Photo by: N. Williamson

Comment: Moore; C, 2018-06-03, WEWO - Brought up to V.C. by visitor - was unable to fly.