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Appalachian Jewelwing (Calopteryx angustipennis) by John Petranka
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distribution Nearly throughout the mountains and Piedmont foothills. Scattered records near the Fall Line of the eastern Piedmont and upper Coastal Plain, but of uncertain presence now in most of the central and eastern Piedmont. This central and eastern portion of the Piedmont has been rather well worked -- especially the Triangle area (Wake, Durham, and Orange counties), and thus the species may be truly absent in much of the middle of the state. There is also an odd gap in the northern mountains, where there are no known records between Mitchell County and the VA state line.
abundance Uncommon to locally fairly common in the mountains, but seemingly rare (but likely not absent) in the northern mountains. Uncommon (at least locally) in the northwestern Piedmont, but very rare eastward, with no recent records between Surry, Forsyth, Davie, and Rowan counties on the west and Halifax, Harnett, and Richmond counties on the east. Very rare to locally absent (?) in the central and eastern Piedmont and western edge of the Coastal Plain. In fact, there are no records since 1998 for these Fall Line counties.
flight Mainly mid-April to mid-August, at least in the mountains, and probably also in the Piedmont. However, records downstate are only from late April to late June.
habitat Rivers and large streams, usually where rocky and with moderate current.

See also Habitat Account for Piedmont and General Rocky Rivers
behavior
comments The gap in the range in the Piedmont is most unusual, and might actually be real, as there has been much odonate field work conducted in the eastern half of the Piedmont. Any records east of the western Piedmont are greatly needed to clarify this range. Perhaps the northern mountain counties are too high in elevation for this species; records are needed in this region, as well, to fill an odd gap. The fact that there are no records east of Forsyth County since 1998 is clearly a sign of recent declines in the population near the Fall Line, as this should be an easily identified species.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-11 10:58:17

Photo Gallery for Appalachian Jewelwing   24 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Yadkin, 2021-06-02, Park at Yadkin River and Old Hwy 421
Photo 2 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-05-31, Hot Springs area
Photo 3 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-05-15, Hot Springs area
Photo 4 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Yadkin, 2019-06-01, Donnaha Paddle Access, Yadkin River @ NC 67
Photo 5 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-06-03, Pilot Mountain State Park - Yadkin River section
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Mitchell, 2017-06-03, Nolichucky River at Poplar Access Area
Photo 7 by: John Petranka

Comment: Davie, 2017-06-02, South Yadkin River at Bullhole River Park, Cooleemee. - Male.
Photo 8 by: John Petranka

Comment: Rowan, 2017-06-02, South Yadkin River at Bullhole River Park, Cooleemee. - Male.
Photo 9 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-05-29, Woodfin River Park, French Broad River - Male
Photo 10 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Yadkin, 2017-05-17
Photo 11 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Yadkin, 2017-05-04, Pilot Mountain State Park - mostly males, some females and immature males. Along the Ivy Bluff loops on the lower floodplain portions
Photo 12 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2016-06-07, On rocks in Cheoah River at boat ramp below Santeetlah Dam
Photo 13 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2016-06-06, Santeetlah Creek 0.2 miles downstream from FS 81, female
Photo 14 by: John Petranka

Comment: Caldwell, 2016-05-09, Wilson Creek at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Mostly males. Photo.
Photo 15 by: Timothy Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 0000-00-00, Alexander River, north
Photo 16 by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Westfeldt Park, northern Henderson County - Male
Photo 17 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2011-06-12, Sandy Mush Game Land
Photo 18 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2011-06-05, at small stream on Buncombe/Madison County border
Photo 19 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-14, park on French Broad River, northern Buncombe County - numerous individuals along river bank
Photo 20 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-14, park on French Broad River, northern Buncombe County - numerous individuals along river bank
Photo 21 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Madison, 2011-05-06, French Broad River
Photo 22 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Surry, 2008-06-28, Pilot Mountain State Park - Yadkin River Section - Male
Photo 23 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Yadkin, 2008-06-10, Pilot Mountain State Park - Yadkin River Section
Photo 24 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Yadkin, 2008-06-10, Pilot Mountain State Park - Yadkin River Section