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Smoky Rubyspot (Hetaerina titia) by Mark Shields
Compare with: American Rubyspot   Ebony Jewelwing  
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distribution Present essentially throughout the Piedmont and the southern and western Coastal Plain; apparently absent from the eastern third of the Coastal Plain. Scattered across the length of the mountains, but with several large gaps in the range. No records yet east of Northampton, Pitt, and Onslow counties. Records only for 1/3rd of the mountain counties, but likely present in all 17 counties there, as the distribution covers counties from the VA state line to the GA state line.
abundance Uncommon over its range in the state. Locally fairly common to common at a few sites in the western Coastal Plain/Sandhills and eastern and northwestern Piedmont. Absent in the eastern Coastal Plain.
flight Mid-June to early November in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. The mountain records are fairly late in the season -- early August to mid-October.
habitat Rivers and larger streams, typically where the current is slow to moderate flowing. Apparently at larger rivers and slower-flowing waters than is the American Rubyspot, though the habitats overlap, and both can occur along the same stream or river.
behavior This species is more wary than is the American Rubyspot, making photography or close observation of one more challenging.
comments This species is somewhat similar to the American Rubyspot in appearance and habitats, often perching on rocks next to the creeks or rivers -- usually a few feet or more away from an observer; you may need binoculars or a telephoto lens to tell the species apart. The locations of the highest counts are oddly scattered in the state -- one in the northwestern Piedmont and two others in the southern Coastal Plain. The absence of recent records for the southwestern and central Piedmont is odd and somewhat disturbing.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-11 11:32:14

Photo Gallery for Smoky Rubyspot   33 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Chatham, 2021-08-01, Haw River--Bynum Dam
Photo 2 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-07-26, Lake Bagget and stream outflow - Female
Photo 3 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Buncombe, 2019-09-26, Carrier Park in Asheville
Photo 4 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Forsyth, 2019-09-16, Yadkin River at Old Hwy 421
Photo 5 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Forsyth, 2019-09-16, Yadkin River at Old Hwy 421; photos are females
Photo 6 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Rockingham, 2019-08-21
Photo 7 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Stokes, 2018-10-07, Dan River @ NC 704
Photo 8 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Surry, 2018-10-06, Mitchell River @ public fishing area along SR 1330
Photo 9 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-09-22, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir; from dam to ~1000' downstream - over a 30-minute period 100 were counted flying upstream (west, towards the dam); counted at a spot ~1000' downstream of the dam
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hoke, 2018-09-03, Lumber River, from Wagram Boating Access Area to Lumber River State Park-Chalk Banks boat ramp and back, by kayak
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-09-03, Lumber River, from Wagram Boating Access Area to Lumber River State Park-Chalk Banks boat ramp and back, by kayak
Photo 12 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-08-26, Pilot Mountain State Park; river section - walked in river from canoe launch to Halls Creek
Photo 13 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-08-19, S. Yadkin River @ US 601
Photo 14 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-08-14, Yadkin River @ SR 1605 (Old US 421)
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-07-06, Pee Dee River; 2 km stretch upstream from Diggs Tract Access, by kayak
Photo 16 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-10-10, Richmond Hill Park - Male
Photo 17 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs; 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2017-09-16, Lumber River Walk, Fair Bluff
Photo 19 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-09-04, Woodfin Riverside Park; Lat: 35.63133 Long -82.60006 - Male
Photo 20 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Yadkin, 2017-09-03, Yadkin River at Donnaha River Access at NC 67 bridge. - Males. The red patch at the base of forewings often appears dark when the wings are folded.
Photo 21 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-08-17, Carrier Park, Asheville - Male
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Wayne, 2017-08-01, Neuse River, Seven Springs Boating Access Area
Photo 23 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Richmond; C, 2017-07-30, McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery - Hitchcock Creek
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Harnett; C, 2017-07-21, Cape Fear River, Erwin. From NC 217 bridge to 2 km upstream, by kayak.
Photo 25 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Wake, 2016-10-31, Falls Dam
Photo 26 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2016-09-25, Lumber River, between Boardman Boating Access and Piney Island Campsite
Photo 27 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Yadkin, 2016-09-05, Yadkin River at Shallowford Road. Yadkin County side of river. Males and females including mating pairs. Photos.
Photo 28 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-08-27, Lumber River, between Boardman Boating Access and Lumber River State Park Princess Ann Access
Photo 29 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Mike Turner, Brian Bockhahn, Ed Corey

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-20, Wading below the Falls Dam in the Neuse River - 3rd record for Falls Lake
Photo 30 by: Steve Hall, Harry LeGrand, Andrew Mynatt

Comment: Northampton, 2012-07-16, Cypress Creek Tract, Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land