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Slender Spreadwing (Lestes rectangularis) by John Petranka, Sally Gewalt
Compare with: Southern Spreadwing  
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Distribution Nearly statewide, but practically absent close to the coast. This species ranges over most of the eastern United States.
Abundance Fairly common to locally common, and widespread, in the mountains; generally uncommon to fairly common in the Piedmont; uncommon in the western and central Coastal Plain. Only two records for the counties north or south of Albemarle Sound (both in Dare County), and no records in most southern coastal counties. Clearly more numerous in the mountains than downstate, with our three highest single-day counts from this province.
Flight A long flight period, covering most of the odonate season. From late March to early November in the Piedmont, and mid-April to mid-November in the Coastal Plain. Surprisingly, the earliest record in the mountains isn't until mid-May, and it occurs to at least early October.
Habitat Marshy areas, typically around ponds or lakes, but also sometimes slow streams with emergent vegetation.
Behavior As with other spreadwings, despite its large (i.e., very long) size, adults are usually inconspicuous down into grassy vegetation fairly low along a pond or large shore.
Comments This is one of the more numerous damselflies in the mountains, but it is widespread (though scarce) downstate. Its range in the lower Coastal Plain needs more elucidation, though it is certainly rare close to tidal water.
State Rank S5
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Global Rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2022-06-16 20:02:06

Photo Gallery for Slender Spreadwing   32 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2022-07-15, West Branch Nature Preserve
Photo 2 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Rockingham, 2021-08-10,
Photo 3 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-08-07, Hot Springs area
Photo 4 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Cherokee, 2020-06-18, Hiawasee River Bridge
Photo 5 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Cherokee, 2020-06-18, Hiawasee River Bridge
Photo 6 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Clay, 2019-09-04, Nantahala National Forest - female
Photo 7 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Clay, 2019-09-04, Nantahala National Forest - female
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Watauga, 2019-08-08, Elk Knob State Park (ELKN); small marshy pond
Photo 9 by: R. Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2019-06-09, our back yard. - male in our back yard.
Photo 10 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2018-08-12, Hot Springs area
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2018-06-29, Nags Head Woods Preserve - 6 females and 1 male along Sweetgum Swamp and Blueberry Ridge trails
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2018-06-29, Nags Head Woods Preserve - 6 females and 1 male along Sweetgum Swamp and Blueberry Ridge trails
Photo 13 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2018-06-04, Wetland near Little Tennessee River, in Franklin, perhaps in same location where Duncan Cuyler found one in 1995. - Male; hidden in woody shadows
Photo 14 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Watauga, 2018-06-02, Brookshire Park; Boone - immature males
Photo 15 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-05-15, Flat Branch
Photo 16 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-06-04, Carrier Park, Asheville - Male and Female
Photo 17 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Alleghany, 2015-07-14, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). At small pond below the upper parking lot to Stone Mt. trail. - Males.
Photo 18 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; OBM, 2015-06-10
Photo 19 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tulula Bog - Male
Photo 20 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Durham, 2013-06-20, paddling the Flat River and exploring the nearby impoundment for the most part - male; first for Falls Lake
Photo 21 by: Steve Hall and Harry LeGrand

Comment: Northampton, 2012-05-17, Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land, along both sides of US 258 north of the Roanoke River
Photo 22 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2012-05-17, French Broad River, Pisgah National Forest - Male & Female
Photo 23 by: Chelsea Rath

Comment: Burke; M, 2011-07-28, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 24 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-28, Fletcher Park Pond - Male & Female
Photo 25 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-28, Fletcher Park Pond - Male & Female
Photo 26 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-25, Richmond Hill Park, Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-25, Richmond Hill Park, Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 28 by: R. Emmitt, R Rittmaster

Comment: Durham, 2010-06-06 - Ellerbe Beaver Marsh
Photo 29 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Rowan, 2008-05-17, Catawba College Preserve, Immature male
Photo 30 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2006-07-11, female