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Spotted Spreadwing (Lestes congener) by Ted Wilcox
Compare with: Amber-winged Spreadwing   Swamp Spreadwing  
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distribution Currently the northwestern mountains only. NC is near the southeastern edge of the range of this widespread species.
abundance Males can be abundant in good habitat within at least part of the range. It is possible that the species is not actually rare in the northwestern corner of the state, just poorly surveyed for. However, as we are aware of just two records, it must be considered to be very rare in the state, south only to Watauga County.
flight Paulson (2011) lists flight dates from May to October over the range. Ted Wilcox reported two individuals on 18 August from Watauga County, and there is a collection record of two individuals on 25 August from Alleghany County.
habitat Lakes and ponds, with some emergent vegetation around the margins. Roosts in woody vegetation, to a height of 10 feet.

See also Habitat Account for Montane Herbaceous Ponds
behavior
comments The species is obviously poorly known in the state. Additional surveys should be conducted in Ashe and Avery counties, particularly around alder thickets.
state_status SR
S_rank S1
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G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-11 12:38:35

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

Comment: Watauga, 2007-08-18