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Superb Jewelwing (Calopteryx amata) by Mark Shields
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distribution The southern two-thirds of the mountains, if not the entire mountain region. The range map in Paulson (2011) shows that this region is a southerly disjunct area from central WV, with apparently no records for western VA. Thus, this Northeastern species might truly be missing from the northern counties of the NC mountains.
abundance Rare, to perhaps locally uncommon. Probably overlooked, as well, as many of the records are over 25 years old. Even though there are records for 11 of the roughly 17 true mountain counties (with only four counties documented by collections), we have only 21 records with flight dates. Except for a 2018 count of nine individuals, the peak one-day count appears to be only three individuals. Because its habitat is quite widespread, there is no reason to suspect a decline in the population in the state.
flight Flies from late May to mid-August.
habitat Rocky streams or rivers in wooded areas.
behavior Seems to always stay very close to rivers and large streams, often perching on rocks along such waters.
comments The N.C. Natural Heritage Program considered this as a Watch List species in 2010. However, as there are so few recent data, and relatively few records overall, that Program elevated the species to the Rare List in fall 2012. Thankfully, the website received its first photo record, made by Owen McConnell in 2015 in Graham County, which was a new county record as well. In June 2018, several observers -- Mark Shields, John Petranka, and Sally Gewalt -- counted an excellent nine individuals and obtained photographs to document the record. And, as of 2020, there is now photographic documentation for five counties; perhaps there are now more observers/photographers in recent years, and more visits to the southern mountains (where few odonate enthusiasts live).
state_status SR
S_rank S1S2
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G_rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-16 10:42:37

Photo Gallery for Superb Jewelwing   10 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2021-06-01, Along Cane River south of Burnsville - At least four males observed
Photo 2 by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2021-06-01, Along Cane River south of Burnsville - At least four males observed
Photo 3 by: Adrienne Copeland

Comment: Clay, 2020-07-03, Fires Creek at Fires Creek Recreation Area, near Hayesville. iNaturalist record #59376687 - Female.
Photo 4 by: iNat: mdunlavey

Comment: Swain, 2019-06-21, - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27383417
Photo 5 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Yancey, 2019-05-24, South Toe River along South Toe River Rd. at 35°45'40.6 - Male
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek
Photo 8 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Graham, 2017-07-18, Santeetlah Creek at FS 81 bridge. Elevation 2,320 feet. - 1 male, 1 female.
Photo 9 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Graham, 2017-07-18, Santeetlah Creek at FS 81 bridge. Elevation 2,320 feet. - 1 male, 1 female.
Photo 10 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2015-06-15, Santeetlah Creek at FS 81 bridge - male