The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Checklist for North Carolina
Complete 13th Approximation
NC Biodiversity Project
North Carolina's 189 Odonate species
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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE:
Aphylla williamsoni - Two-striped Forceptail
Arigomphus pallidus - Gray-green Clubtail
Arigomphus villosipes - Unicorn Clubtail
Dromogomphus armatus - Southeastern Spinyleg
Dromogomphus spinosus - Black-shouldered Spinyleg
Dromogomphus spoliatus - Flag-tailed Spinyleg
Erpetogomphus designatus - Eastern Ringtail
Gomphurus dilatatus - Blackwater Clubtail
Gomphurus fraternus - Midland Clubtail
Gomphurus hybridus - Cocoa Clubtail
Gomphurus lineatifrons - Splendid Clubtail
Gomphurus septima - Septima's Clubtail
Gomphurus vastus - Cobra Clubtail
Gomphurus ventricosus - Skillet Clubtail
Hagenius brevistylus - Dragonhunter
Hylogomphus abbreviatus - Spine-crowned Clubtail
Hylogomphus adelphus - Mustached Clubtail
Hylogomphus apomyius - Banner Clubtail
Hylogomphus parvidens - Piedmont Clubtail
Hylogomphus viridifrons - Green-faced Clubtail
Lanthus vernalis - Southern Pygmy Clubtail
Ophiogomphus aspersus - Brook Snaketail
Ophiogomphus edmundo - Edmund's Snaketail
Ophiogomphus howei - Pygmy Snaketail
Ophiogomphus incurvatus - Appalachian Snaketail
Ophiogomphus mainensis - Maine Snaketail
Ophiogomphus rupinsulensis - Rusty Snaketail
Phanogomphus australis - Clearlake Clubtail
Phanogomphus borealis - Beaverpond Clubtail
Phanogomphus cavillaris - Sandhill Clubtail
Phanogomphus descriptus - Harpoon Clubtail
Phanogomphus diminutus - Diminutive Clubtail
Phanogomphus exilis - Lancet Clubtail
Phanogomphus lividus - Ashy Clubtail
Phanogomphus quadricolor - Rapids Clubtail
Progomphus bellei - Belle's Sanddragon
Progomphus obscurus - Common Sanddragon
Stenogomphurus consanguis - Cherokee Clubtail
Stenogomphurus rogersi - Sable Clubtail
Stylogomphus albistylus - Eastern Least Clubtail
Stylogomphus sigmastylus - Interior Least Clubtail
Stylurus amnicola - Riverine Clubtail
Stylurus ivae - Shining Clubtail
Stylurus laurae - Laura's Clubtail
Stylurus plagiatus - Russet-tipped Clubtail
Stylurus scudderi - Zebra Clubtail
Stylurus spiniceps - Arrow Clubtail
Stylurus townesi - Townes's Clubtail
Number of records for 2022 = 0
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by Owen McConnell
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Ranges essentially west of NC, east to eastern TN and the extreme northwestern corner of GA. Finally, in 2014, it was found in NC, in western Graham County, less than 10 miles from the TN line. It is to be looked for in other low elevation sites in the mountains close to the TN border, especially in the southwestern corner of the state.
Very rare in NC, with just a single documented record (photo). Not uncommon in much of its range, but Beaton (2007) calls it "Rare to uncommon and local" in its small range in northwestern GA.
Late May into September in GA. The only NC record is for 23 June. The NC flight is likely spread out over a 3-4-month period in mid-summer.
Mostly rivers and large streams, and at times around ponds and lakes; generally at areas where the flow of water is low.
Males perch on the ground near water; they may also perch on vegetation or other objects.
At least one older reference listed the species as occurring in NC, but Cuyler has no records; Bick and Mauffray (1997-2004) also does not list NC for this species, nor do later references, including the OdonataCentral range maps. However, Owen McConnell obtained an excellent photograph of an individual perched on the ground in north-central Graham County in 2014; this conclusively documents the species in NC. This was the first new odonate species recorded in NC since the Rusty Snaketail was found in 2006; however, the stray records of Twilight Darner in late 2021 now become the most recently added odonate species to the NC list.
Species account update: LeGrand on 2022-01-27 13:34:00
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Photo 1 by: Owen McConnell
Comment: Graham, 2014-06-23