New York Natural Heritage Program
Subarctic Darner
Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
Subarctic Darner Blair Nikula
Family: Darners (Aeshnidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
The subarctic darner is primarily a European and Canadian species. Until the mid 1990s it was known from only three localities in the United States, including one site in the southern tier of New York State (Donnelly 1992)

State Ranking Justification [-]
At present, there is a single known population of the subarctic darner in New York State. A record from non-breeding habitat in the Adirondacks indicates the likelihood of additional undiscovered populations in this region and perhaps elsewhere in the state where bogs are found. However, this is primarily a species of Canada and northern Europe, is considered rare in most of the northern states where it occurs, and is not expected to be found in a large number of locations in New York.

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