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Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) by John Petranka, Sally Gewalt
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Note: no comparisons needed; obviously larger than all other species of spreadwing

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distribution Apparently throughout the mountains and Piedmont; and seemingly absent from the Coastal Plain. The range appears to stop at the Fall Line.
abundance Uncommon in the mountains; generally rare in the western and central Piedmont (with few recent records), and very rare along the eastern edge of the range (Fall Line vicinity).
flight A late-flying damselfly during the year. In the mountains, generally from early August to mid-October, and in the Piedmont mainly from late June to late November, but most records are not until late August. A Piedmont report from mid-May is perhaps in error. Our highest counts are in September and October.
habitat Along slow streams, but sometimes in rather degraded places.
behavior It can often be seen well away from streams, such as around ponds or in fields/forest edges.
comments This is a very large damselfly, larger than other spreadwings. The range seems a bit spotty in the mountains and Piedmont, though the species is assumed to occur throughout these regions, and there are a number of recent records. Only in the past few years have records been made for the central and eastern Piedmont counties; however, the well-worked Triangle area (Orange, Durham, and Wake counties) has not had records in several decades and thus it seems to have declined in much or most of the Piedmont.
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Species account update: Howard on 2021-02-11 13:03:28

Photo Gallery for Great Spreadwing   17 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-10-14, Hot Springs area - female
Photo 2 by: Kristin Wyatt

Comment: Watauga, 2019-09-20, Zionville
Photo 3 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Clay, 2019-09-04, Nantahala National Forest - male
Photo 4 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Clay, 2019-09-04, Nantahala National Forest - male
Photo 5 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-09-27, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Pond at Superintendent’s residence. - Males.
Photo 6 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Watauga, 2017-09-22, Elk Knob State Park, small marshy pond. Elevation ca. 4,400ft. - 1 Male and 1 mating pair.
Photo 7 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-08-19, Richmond Hill Park - Male, near small creek in park
Photo 8 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-08-19, Richmond Hill Park - Male, near small creek in park
Photo 9 by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Madison, 2016-10-14, Several mating pairs observed in permanent, fish-free pond on River Bend Drive near Mars Hill.
Photo 10 by: Jim Petranka

Comment: Avery, 2016-09-27, In a small, permanent, fish-free pond in southern Avery County.
Photo 11 by: Dennis Burnette

Comment: Guilford, 2016-09-16, campus of UNC-Greensboro in Peabody Park - at least two individuals
Photo 12 by: Dennis Burnette

Comment: Guilford, 2016-09-16, campus of UNC-Greensboro in Peabody Park - at least two individuals
Photo 13 by: CL Goforth

Comment: Randolph, 2014-10-27
Photo 14 by: Nancy Cowal

Comment: McDowell; M, 2012-08-29, Old Fort / submitted by Vin Stanton - Female
Photo 15 by: Steve Hall

Comment: Montgomery, 2011-06-23, Observed at margin of Roberdo Bog, Uwharrie National Forest
Photo 16 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-08-30, By small pond, northern Buncombe Co.
Photo 17 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2005-09-14, female