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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records for 2024-00-00 = 14
Added in 2024-00-00 from a previous year = 1

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Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Blue-fronted Dancer  
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Distribution Throughout the mountains, Piedmont, and the western two-thirds of the Coastal Plain. Absent from most of the northeastern third of the Coastal Plain (i.e., nearly all counties around Albemarle and Pamlico sounds).
Abundance Common to abundant in the eastern Piedmont; common to very common elsewhere across the mountains, Piedmont, and western 60-65% of the Coastal Plain, though less numerous in the southwestern part of the mountains. May be legitimately absent from nearly all counties in the Tidewater zone (around Albemarle and Pamlico sounds).
Flight The Piedmont flight occurs from mid-April to late October, and the Coastal Plain flight is at least from early May (if not earlier) to late October. The mountain flight occurs from early May to early October.
Habitat Found along rivers and streams, more so along rockier ones and larger ones than all other dancers. Can also be found along roads and other places away from water, when foraging.

See also Habitat Account for General Rivers and Large Streams
Behavior This is the most frequently seen dancer along rockier streams and rivers, often perching on exposed rocks. As with several other dancers, this species can be frequently seen away from water at sunny patches along trails and dirt roads.
Comments The two highest counts in the state are from the eastern Piedmont, though this might be an artifact of observer coverage rather than a true abundance pattern. Adult males are easily identified by their very glaucous (whitish) "bloom", particularly on the thorax.
State Rank S5
State Status
Global Rank G5
Federal Status
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-18 11:00:05

Photo Gallery for Powdered Dancer   56 photos are available.
Only the most recent 30 are shown.
Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Amy Padgett

Comment: Bladen, 2024-07-07, William O Huske Lock and Dam 3, NC - 3:00PM at edge of river
Photo 2 by: Steve Hall and Parker Backstrom

Comment: Chatham, 2024-06-08, Seen during NCBP White Pines Preserve survey
Photo 3 by: Steve Hall and Parker Backstrom

Comment: Chatham, 2024-06-08, - Andromorphic female
Photo 4 by: Amy Padgett

Comment: Bladen, 2024-06-08, South River Bridge Wildlife Ramp, Garland - 2:59P at US-701 and South River
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Nash, 2022-06-20, Tar River at Battle Park, Rocky Mount
Photo 6 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-05-31, Hot Springs area
Photo 7 by: Harry LeGrand, Lori Arent

Comment: Wake, 2020-08-28, Wooten Meadows Park - photo by Lori Arent
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2020-08-07, Lumber River State Park - Princess Ann. Photo of female.
Photo 9 by: Ruby Sarkar

Comment: Chatham, 2020-07-19, Near Bynum dam on Haw River - Mature male.
Photo 10 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-07-01, Hot Springs area
Photo 11 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-06-08, Naked Creek - female, brown form
Photo 12 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Montgomery, 2020-05-16, Low Water Bridge on Uwharrie River
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2019-06-28, Black River, from Hunts Bluff Boating Access Area to 5 km upstream and back, by kayak
Photo 14 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Stokes, 2018-10-07, Dan River @ NC 704
Photo 15 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Stanly, 2018-08-31, Rocky River @ NC 138
Photo 16 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Montgomery, 2018-08-25, Uwharrie River @ Low Water Bridge
Photo 17 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo 18 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Rowan, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-07-06, Lumber River State Park (LURI) - Chalk Banks Access
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-07-06, Pee Dee River; 2 km stretch upstream from Diggs Tract Access, by kayak
Photo 21 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Cooleemee boating access
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pitt, 2018-05-25, Tar River at Falkland Boating Access Area. Photo of immature male.
Photo 23 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313°; - Male and Female
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 25 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Wayne, 2017-08-01, Neuse River, Seven Springs Boating Access Area
Photo 26 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Harnett; C, 2017-07-21, Cape Fear River, Erwin. From NC 217 bridge to 2 km upstream, by kayak.
Photo 27 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo 28 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo 29 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, New River State Park (NERI), King's Creek Access
Photo 30 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-20, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - Young male, on paved surface near Nickajack Bridge