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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records added in 2021 = 2
Added in 2021 from a previous year = 1 (2018-07-02)

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Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum) by John Petranka, Sally Gewalt
Compare with: Autumn Meadowhawk   Ruby Meadowhawk   White-faced Meadowhawk   Cherry-faced Meadowhawk  
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distribution This is another Northern meadowhawk, but its range extends southward in the mountains to northern GA. In NC, it is found mainly in the mountains and foothills of the Piedmont, but there are a few (older) records in the northern Piedmont away from the mountains (Rockingham, Caswell, and Franklin counties).
abundance Uncommon in the northern mountains, but rare in the central and southern mountain counties; rare in the Piedmont foothills. Very rare east of the foothill ranges in the northern Piedmont. We have no recent reports from east of the mountains/foothills, which clearly indicates that the species has declined in recent decades in the Piedmont, as any bright red dragonfly is bound to attract attention!
flight Mid-June to mid-September in the mountains; early June to early September in the Piedmont.
habitat Unusual for most dragonflies, it favors marshes, bogs, and wet meadows for breeding -- as opposed to open ponds, lakes, rivers, or wide streams.
behavior Adults forage from tips of grasses and sedges in or very close to marshes and bogs.
comments Because this species seems to be tied to a fairly limited and specific habitat -- marshes, wet meadows, and bogs -- it can be specifically searched for. As the basal half of each wing is amber in color, coupled with the dull reddish abdomen, the male is quite unmistakable. It is more widespread in the mountains than is the White-faced Meadowhawk, which also can occur in cool/cold bogs, marshes, and other open wetlands.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-10 15:17:24

Photo Gallery for Band-winged Meadowhawk   9 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-07-03, Davis Branch Meadows, Hot Springs area
Photo 2 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2018-07-02, First record for county, found in Tulula Wetlands - female
Photo 3 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Watauga, 2017-09-04, South Fork of the New River, Clawson-Burnley Park, Boone. - 5 males, 1 female. At the retention ponds. Male.
Photo 4 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Watauga, 2017-09-04, South Fork of the New River, Clawson-Burnley Park, Boone. - 5 males, 1 female. At the retention ponds. Female.
Photo 5 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2009-08-25. male & female. Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo 6 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2009-08-25. male. Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo 7 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2007-06-22, male
Photo 8 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Clay, 2006-09-03, Buck Creek Barrens
Photo 9 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Clay, 2006-09-03, Buck Creek Barrens