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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 very common/abundant in the eastern Piedmont; 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.
behavior This is the most frequently seen dancer along rockier streams and rivers, often perching on exposed rocks. As with the Blue-tipped Dancer, 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.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-12 11:20:53

Photo Gallery for Powdered Dancer   51 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-05-31, Hot Springs area
Photo 2 by: Harry LeGrand, Lori Arent

Comment: Wake, 2020-08-28, Wooten Meadows Park - photo by Lori Arent
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2020-08-07, Lumber River State Park - Princess Ann. Photo of female.
Photo 4 by: Ruby Sarkar

Comment: Chatham, 2020-07-19, Near Bynum dam on Haw River - Mature male.
Photo 5 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-07-01, Hot Springs area
Photo 6 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-06-08, Naked Creek - female, brown form
Photo 7 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Montgomery, 2020-05-16, Low Water Bridge on Uwharrie River
Photo 8 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 9 by: Mike Turner

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

Comment: Stanly, 2018-08-31, Rocky River @ NC 138
Photo 11 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Montgomery, 2018-08-25, Uwharrie River @ Low Water Bridge
Photo 12 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo 13 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Rowan, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-07-06, Lumber River State Park (LURI) - Chalk Banks Access
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: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Cooleemee boating access
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pitt, 2018-05-25, Tar River at Falkland Boating Access Area. Photo of immature male.
Photo 18 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 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Wayne, 2017-08-01, Neuse River, Seven Springs Boating Access Area
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Harnett; C, 2017-07-21, Cape Fear River, Erwin. From NC 217 bridge to 2 km upstream, by kayak.
Photo 22 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo 23 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, New River State Park (NERI), King's Creek Access
Photo 25 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-20, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - Young male, on paved surface near Nickajack Bridge
Photo 26 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Caldwell, 2017-06-04, Wilson Creek, US Forest Service access off Brown Mountain Beach Road
Photo 27 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Mitchell, 2017-06-03, Nolichucky River at Poplar Access Area
Photo 28 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Union, 2017-05-15, Rocky River at Randolph Landing, Rocky River Blueway Access and Nature Park
Photo 29 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-11, South River at Sloan's Bridge
Photo 30 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2016-08-26, Northeast Cape Fear River, Kenansville Boating Access