Spatterdock Darner Rhionaeschna mutata Hagen, 1861Endangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  

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Spatterdock Darner (Rhionaeschna mutata) is a beautiful, and frequently scarce northeastern and midwestern species found primarily at fishless ponds with water lilies (Nuphar sp.), especially spatterdock (Nuphar advena). Spatterdock Darner is active earlier in the year (about May-July) than similar species of darners. This dragonfly is highly state rare in Maryland (S1), and considered endangered in the state. While recorded from six counties, only five sites in three counties (three sites in Garrett, one in Washington, and one in Frederick Co.) are known to currently host breeding populations (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 18 records in the project database.

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A Spatterdock Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/9/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A male Spatterdock Darner in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/1/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

A female Spatterdock Darner in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/9/2007). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

A Spatterdock Darner in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/4/2014). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

A closeup of the blue eyes of a Spatterdock Darner in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/9/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A cast skin of a Spatterdock Darner found in a wetland in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/9/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)


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