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Eastern Least Clubtail (Stylogomphus albistylus) by Mark Shields
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distribution Mountains and Piedmont only. Essentially throughout the mountains, but more widely scattered across the Piedmont, eastward to Granville, Wake, and Moore counties.
abundance Uncommon in the mountains, and rare to uncommon in the Piedmont, being least numerous in the central and eastern portions of the latter province. Despite the moderate number of records, the peak one-day count is just of 5 individuals. However, this quite small species is easily overlooked in its shady habitat.
flight Early-mid May to early August in the Piedmont, and from mid-May to mid-August in the mountains.
habitat Small, clear, woodland creeks are preferred; sandy or gravel bottoms.
behavior Males often perch on rocks in the streams, where they are difficult to spot because of their small size and dark coloration. They also perch on vegetation near the water and make small, quick flights over water.
comments This species might be more overlooked and hard to spot rather than being truly "scarce". Despite its range, including the Triangle and eastern Piedmont where most biologists study odonates, there are essentially no reports from State Park personnel. This is not a species one would casually stumble into while in the field; rather, one should look carefully along small shaded or semi-shaded creeks from the latter part of May into the first half of July. The State Rank is approaching S4 now, with the addition of a few more counties to the range map in 2020.
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S_rank S3S4
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G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
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other_name Least Clubtail
Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-05 11:23:55

Photo Gallery for Eastern Least Clubtail   35 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-24, Laurel River
Photo 2 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-20, Spring Creek Gorge
Photo 3 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-20, Spring Creek Gorge
Photo 4 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-06, Hot Springs area - Several teneral individuals leaving the river
Photo 5 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-06, Hot Springs area - Several teneral individuals leaving the French Broad
Photo 6 by: Matt Stansberry

Comment: Alamance, 2021-05-27, Tributary to Cane Creek near Snow Camp 35.907245, -79.421888 iNaturalist record #80496704 - Male, teneral.
Photo 7 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-06-06, French Broad River, Hot Springs area
Photo 8 by: Matt Guilin

Comment: Cabarrus, 2020-05-19, Between Parks Lafferty Rd. and Rocky River along the Rocky River Biking Trail - Female.
Photo 9 by: Mark Swanson

Comment: Avery, 2019-06-02, - Teneral male photographed near Linville River.
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek
Photo 11 by: John Petranka

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2018-06-04, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO),East Prong of the Roaring River. Along river near parking area at the end of the paved part of Stone Mountain Rd. - Male perched on rock.
Photo 12 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Surry, 2018-05-26, Riverside Park on the Ararat River, Mt. Airy - teneral male
Photo 13 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Burke; M, 2017-06-21, Linville River at Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville River Campground. - Male.
Photo 14 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2017-06-15, New Hope Creek, Johnston Mill Preserve just downstream from Mt. Sinai Rd. Perched on small rocks at riffles. - Males.
Photo 15 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2017-06-15, New Hope Creek, Johnston Mill Preserve just downstream from Mt. Sinai Rd. Perched on small rocks at riffles. - Males.
Photo 16 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: McDowell; M, 2017-06-07, at North Fork Catawba River; 35.839236 -81.98814
Photo 17 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Surry, 2017-05-17, teneral - Pilot Mountain State Park, Yadkin River
Photo 18 by: John Petranka

Comment: Caldwell, 2016-05-09, Wilson Creek at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Teneral female. Photo.
Photo 19 by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-10, Small creek off Lower Flat Creek. - male and female
Photo 20 by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-07, Small creek off Lower Flat Creek.
Photo 21 by: Bob Cherry

Comment: Watauga, 2014-06-17, Flannery Fork at base of Trout Lake dam, Cone Park, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 22 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Robbinsville - Male
Photo 23 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-30, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo 24 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owen

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-06-03, Owen Park ponds, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa River - Male
Photo 25 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owen

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-06-03, Owen Park ponds, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa River - Male
Photo 26 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2012-05-17
Photo 27 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-10, at Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo 28 by: R Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2011-05-30, Johnston Mill Preserve on New Hope Creek - all emerging in New Hope Creek near water level on small rocks in the creek
Photo 29 by: E. Corey

Comment: Avery, 2008-06-18, along river
Photo 30 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2007-07-19, male