The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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North Carolina's 189 Odonate species
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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE:
Brachymesia gravida - Four-spotted Pennant
Celithemis amanda - Amanda's Pennant
Celithemis bertha - Red-veined Pennant
Celithemis elisa - Calico Pennant
Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant
Celithemis fasciata - Banded Pennant
Celithemis ornata - Ornate Pennant
Celithemis verna - Double-ringed Pennant
Dythemis velox - Swift Setwing
Erythemis simplicicollis - Eastern Pondhawk
Erythrodiplax berenice - Seaside Dragonlet
Erythrodiplax minuscula - Little Blue Dragonlet
Ladona deplanata - Blue Corporal
Ladona julia - Chalk-fronted Corporal
Libellula auripennis - Golden-winged Skimmer
Libellula axilena - Bar-winged Skimmer
Libellula cyanea - Spangled Skimmer
Libellula flavida - Yellow-sided Skimmer
Libellula incesta - Slaty Skimmer
Libellula luctuosa - Widow Skimmer
Libellula needhami - Needham's Skimmer
Libellula pulchella - Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Libellula semifasciata - Painted Skimmer
Libellula vibrans - Great Blue Skimmer
Macrodiplax balteata - Marl Pennant
Nannothemis bella - Elfin Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea - Roseate Skimmer
Pachydiplax longipennis - Blue Dasher
Pantala flavescens - Wandering Glider
Pantala hymenaea - Spot-winged Glider
Perithemis tenera - Eastern Amberwing
Plathemis lydia - Common Whitetail
Sympetrum ambiguum - Blue-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum - Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum obtrusum - White-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum rubicundulum - Ruby Meadowhawk
Sympetrum semicinctum - Band-winged Meadowhawk
Sympetrum vicinum - Autumn Meadowhawk
Tramea carolina - Carolina Saddlebags
Tramea darwini - Striped Saddlebags
Tramea lacerata - Black Saddlebags
Tramea onusta - Red Saddlebags
Number of records added in 2021 = 0
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by Matt Weldon. 2017-05-16 LaGrange County, IN
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This is a Northern species normally found south only to VA and WV. Quite a range extension occurred when ten larvae were collected in Jackson County in 2003. One should not assume that it occurs in most counties northward.
Obviously extremely rare in the mountains.
Mainly in early and mid-summer. No flight date information for NC, as the record applies only to larvae and not to adults. However, records in VA fall between 4 June and 8 August, based on the Atlas of Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies & Damselflies of Virginia website.
Breeds at bogs, boggy pond or lake margins, and slow portions of streams -- usually in quite acidic waters.
The species often forages well away from water, by perching on the ground or other conspicuous places. In this regard, it is quite similar in behavior to the Blue Corporal and Common Whitetail.
This is a very common dragonfly in Northern states, and being quite bold in perching and striking in appearance (at least males), it is a familiar species. If it were widely occurring in the NC mountains, there would certainly have been more records by now, as it is hard to overlook. The NC record came from Panthertown Bog. Here is the text submitted by Erika Yates on 17 July 2003: "... added to the dragonfly species composition which included sampling in the [Panthertown Valley] bog. I found a new state record, Ladona (Libellula) julia, verified by Dr. Mike May." However, her thesis indicates that she saw no adults, but did collect ten larvae, verified by Dr. May. [He is a co-author of several major reference works on odonates, and thus the NC Natural Heritage Program considers the record as valid.] However, this record does not appear on the OdonataCentral map, likely because there is no specimen or photo of an adult available for NC.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-09 10:45:29
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