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Swamp Spreadwing (Lestes vigilax) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Elegant Spreadwing   Carolina Spreadwing  
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distribution Statewide, being recorded from over 85 counties, with "absences" in scattered counties across the state. Presumed to occur in all 100 counties, unless absent along the immediate northeastern coast.
abundance Fairly common to common in the mountains, and locally very common in parts of the Coastal Plain. Oddly, appears to be less numerous (i.e., uncommon) in the intervening Piedmont, as there are slightly fewer records there than in the mountains, which has a much smaller geographic range and many fewer observers than in the Piedmont. There are single-party counts of at least 20 individuals in each of the three provinces; one count surpasses 100 individuals in the lower Coastal Plain.
flight A wide flight period, extending to late autumn. In the Coastal Plain, it occurs from mid-April to late November. Piedmont records fall between mid-May (and should occur by late April) and late October; mountain records fall between late April and early October. There is a very early state date of 29 March for the lower Coastal Plain.
habitat Ponds and lakes in somewhat wooded country, especially where shrubs grow in the water; or where marshy vegetation grows along the margins of such waters.
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comments This is another reasonably common spreadwing across the state, with large numbers of records in all three provinces. Mark Shields has added many dozens of records in the past several years from the southern coastal area.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-11 15:26:22

Photo Gallery for Swamp Spreadwing   32 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: L. Arent

Comment: Orange, 2021-10-21, Brumley Nature Preserve South
Photo 2 by: Lynn Swafford

Comment: Stokes, 2021-08-07, Males and Females at Hanging Rock State Park Lake
Photo 3 by: Lynn Swafford

Comment: Stokes, 2021-08-07, Males and Females at Hanging Rock State Park Lake
Photo 4 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-08-25, Hot Springs area
Photo 5 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-08-05, Hot Springs area
Photo 6 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2020-06-08, Scotland Lake
Photo 7 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Richard Stickney

Comment: Durham, 2020-05-17, pond at Penny's Bend
Photo 8 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Richard Stickney

Comment: Durham, 2020-05-17, pond at Penny's Bend
Photo 9 by: Jason Love

Comment: Macon, 2019-09-17, Netted, photographed, and released. Lindenwood Lake (aka Lake Ravenel) at the Highlands Biological Station - Male. Found perched on sedge at edge of lake. Specimen also added to iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33010817
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2018-08-26, Boiling Spring Lakes - North Lake and Spring Lake parks
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Transylvania, 2018-06-27, Gorges State Park (GORG) - many tandem/ovipositing pairs at Raymond Fisher Pond
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers
Photo 13 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Richmond; C, 2017-10-01, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 14 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Richmond; C, 2017-10-01, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 15 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-05-21 - Patsy Pond, both females
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake and in-flowing creek, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2016-09-25, Lumber River, between Boardman Boating Access and Piney Island Campsite
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2016-09-17, Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-09-05, individuals not counted; Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-09-05, Holly Shelter Game Land, ponds
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-05-25, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2015-11-11, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 23 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-10-22, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-08-10, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake) - many in tandem pairs
Photo 25 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-07-26, Leach Pond, close to Sandy Mush Game Land
Photo 26 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male & Female
Photo 27 by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson, Gail Lankford, Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-08-06, Fletcher Park - Female
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-17, Owen Park, east Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 29 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-17, Owen Park, east Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 30 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Sandhills Game Land