Saturday, October 3, 2015

Regal Darner

As we walked through the Pineland Trail in the Everglades National Park, a Regal Darner flew up and perched in front of Erika and me. Photographing darners can be frustrating. Usually they are zig-zagging through the air, flying this way and that. This perched darner allowed us only a few photos before it continued on its way.

The green eyes are distinctive for Regal Darners, although this color changes to blue in mature females. The thorax is green with brown stripes. When not feeding in open areas, these darners are found in woodlands with ponds and swamps—exactly the habitat in which we encountered it.

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