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Maine Snaketail (Ophiogomphus mainensis) by John Petranka, Jim Petranka
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distribution Essentially the mountains only, including Atlantic drainage streams along the upper Piedmont/Blue Ridge Escarpment. Probably ranges throughout the mountain province, as this is a Northern species but yet ranging south to northern GA (two counties). Records are lacking for the four extreme southwestern counties.
abundance Rare to uncommon, and best called "uncommon in the northern mountains to rare in the southern mountans". Not as rare as several other mountain/foothills-only clubtails, as NC now has records for 13 counties. In fact, there are recent records, including photos, for most of these counties.
flight Formerly early or mid-May to mid-June; however, in recent years the flight period seems to be moving earlier, as there is a 2015 record as early as 21 April, and now a 2020 record for 20 April. Thus, the flight is roughly from late April to mid-June.
habitat Clear and rapid mountain streams or small rivers, in forested areas, for breeding.
behavior Males perch on rocks in the streams, but adults tend to feed in fields, according to Dunkle (2000). Several NC records are well away from obvious streams or rivers.
comments This species has a fairly extensive range in terms of latitude, from New Brunswick to northern Georgia, but it ranges west only through the Appalachians. As Dunkle (2000) calls it "fairly common", and Beaton (2007) cites three records from northern Georgia, we suspect that it is not rare in NC, but probably uncommon, likely being present in most counties in the mountains with further study. In fact, in October 2018 this species was indeed moved by the N.C. Natural Heritage Program from its Rare List to the Watch List.
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S_rank S3
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G_rank G4G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-04 19:03:16

Photo Gallery for Maine Snaketail   23 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka, Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2021-05-24, Along Cane River south of Burnsville. - Male.
Photo 2 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02
Photo 3 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02, Stone Mountain State Park
Photo 4 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02, Stone Mountain State Park; photo by K. Kittelberger
Photo 5 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02, Stone Mountain State Park; photo by K. Kittelberger, female with developing egg mass
Photo 6 by: Matt Cook, Jemima Cook

Comment: Madison, 2020-04-20, Laurel River Store, US 25/70, Laurel River
Photo 7 by: Matt Cook, Jemima Cook

Comment: Madison, 2020-04-20, Laurel River Store, US 25/70, Laurel River
Photo 8 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Yancey, 2019-05-24, South Toe River along South Toe River Rd. at 35°45'40.6
Photo 9 by: John Petranka

Comment: Burke; M, 2019-05-21, Linville River at Linville Falls Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway. - Males.
Photo 10 by: John Petranka

Comment: Avery, 2019-05-21, Linville River at Linville Falls Picnic Area, Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 316.5 - Males.
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. - Males perched on rocks in river.
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Mitchell, 2017-06-03, Cane Creek at Wade Tipton Memorial Ball Park, Bakersville
Photo 13 by: John Petranka

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2016-06-22, Stone Mountain State Park, East Prong of the Roaring River. Along river near parking area at the end of the paved part of Stone Mountain Rd. Males. Photo.
Photo 14 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2016-05-30, male, Meat Camp Creek
Photo 15 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka

Comment: Caldwell, 2016-05-10, Wilson Creek at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Males. Photo.
Photo 16 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka

Comment: Caldwell, 2016-05-10, Wilson Creek at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Males. Photo.
Photo 17 by: Teddy Wilcox

Comment: Watauga, 2016-05-07, Tanawha Trail near Holloway Mountain Road
Photo 18 by: Teddy Wilcox

Comment: Watauga, 2016-05-07, Tanawha Trail near Holloway Mountain Road
Photo 19 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-04-21, Sandy Mush Game Land - On trail above Sandy Mush Creek
Photo 20 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-04-21, Sandy Mush Game Land - On trail above Sandy Mush Creek
Photo 21 by: Chris Talkington

Comment: Ashe, 2014-05-24, Big Horse Creek, Lansing - East bank along creek near Tuckerdale Baptist Church
Photo 22 by: Chris Talkington

Comment: Ashe, 2014-05-24, Big Horse Creek, Lansing - East bank along creek near Tuckerdale Baptist Church
Photo 23 by: Marion Dobbs

Comment: Jackson, 2013-05-26, Photo downloaded from Marion Dobbs' website - two photos on her website. http://www.mamomi.net/Gomphidae/Pages/Ophiogomphus_mainensis_-_Maine_Snaketail.html#0'