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Related Species in LESTIDAE: Number of records for 2023 = 0
Added in 2023 from a previous years = 13

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Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) by John Petranka, Sally Gewalt
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Distribution Throughout the mountains, and over most of the Piedmont; 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). It might be truly absent from the far northeastern Piedmont.
Flight A late-flying damselfly during the year. In the mountains, flies from early August to mid-October, and in the Piedmont from late June to late November, but most records are not until late August. 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. It should not be confused with any other odonate, as it is practically the only damselfly with a dragonfly-like thorax of a dark ground color and a single very contrasting yellow lateral stripe. The range seems a bit spotty in the mountains and Piedmont, though the species is assumed to occur essentially 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, east to Durham and Montgomery counties.
State Rank S3S4
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Global Rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-17 12:22:55

Photo Gallery for Great Spreadwing   18 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Nell Cant

Comment: Durham, 2022-09-16, Pinecrest Road, Durham; iNaturalist Record #135319758
Photo 2 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-10-14, Hot Springs area - female
Photo 3 by: Kristin Wyatt

Comment: Watauga, 2019-09-20, Zionville
Photo 4 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Clay, 2019-09-04, Nantahala National Forest - male
Photo 5 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Clay, 2019-09-04, Nantahala National Forest - male
Photo 6 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-09-27, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Pond at Superintendent’s residence. - Males.
Photo 7 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 8 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-08-19, Richmond Hill Park - Male, near small creek in park
Photo 9 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-08-19, Richmond Hill Park - Male, near small creek in park
Photo 10 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 11 by: Jim Petranka

Comment: Avery, 2016-09-27, In a small, permanent, fish-free pond in southern Avery County.
Photo 12 by: Dennis Burnette

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

Comment: Guilford, 2016-09-16, campus of UNC-Greensboro in Peabody Park - at least two individuals
Photo 14 by: CL Goforth

Comment: Randolph, 2014-10-27
Photo 15 by: Nancy Cowal

Comment: McDowell; M, 2012-08-29, Old Fort / submitted by Vin Stanton - Female
Photo 16 by: Steve Hall

Comment: Montgomery, 2011-06-23, Observed at margin of Roberdo Bog, Uwharrie National Forest
Photo 17 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-08-30, By small pond, northern Buncombe Co.
Photo 18 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2005-09-14, female