- Orange dartwings are dragonflies found hovering over lakes and other bodies of water throughout Skyrim, in particular Lake Ilinalta.
- Found around Lund's Hut.
- Drelas' Cottage.
- Many of them can be found around the Apprentice Stone.
- Several can be found around the abandoned shack.
- Steamcrag Camp.
- Several can be found the small pond outside Lost Knife Cave.
Like most flying insects, the process of harvesting dartwings can be slow-going.
However early in the game, a reasonable quantity of dartwings can be obtained in relative safety and without the aid of magic by swimming around Lake Ilinalta. Swimming around the perimeter of the lake, one will encounter groups of 3 small fish swimming near the surface; these fish can be caught for reagents as well, but there will be a group of 3 dartwings hovering just overhead above the surface. It is best to catch the dartwings before the fish, as the former quickly dart away once disturbed whereas the fish will remain.
For faster harvesting later in the game, one can use the Destruction spell Ice Storm which will speed the process up significantly. This is because insects caught in this spell's 'field of effect' are not flung away, but rather remain frozen in place then fall directly to the ground where they may be easily picked up. Telekinesis is great for retrieval or to simply locate items in grassy areas.
The fish hatchery included in the Hearthfire add-on is the best known location for harvesting. Just cast Ice Storm so that it skims over the water and the frozen dartwings will fall to the bottom. The unique color of the lake floor makes this location ideal for easily locating the frozen dartwings.
This technique can also be used inside the garden wing (if built) and if aimed carefully will cause little to no chaos with the placed items. Sometimes casting straight up will cause insects previously unseen to fall.
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