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Related Species in MACROMIIDAE: Number of records for 2024-00-00 = 19

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Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa) by Mark Shields
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Distribution Essentially statewide, but scarce in the extreme eastern coastal areas (where most dragonfly species are also scarce to absent).
Abundance Fairly common to common, and very widespread, across the Piedmont and at least the western and southern halves of the Coastal Plain. Uncommon in the lower Coastal Plain and in the mountains (where records are increasing, perhaps simply owing to more surveys). There are very few observers in the northern half of the Coastal Plain, and the scarcity of recent records there should not be taken as a decline in that region.
Flight Mid-March to mid-July, though primarily in the spring (i.e., mainly in April and May). There are a few records well into August and early September, but the flight is generally over in July. The flight in the mountains starts in early April.
Habitat A wide variety of creeks and rivers (though typically smaller rivers); rarely at lakes.
Behavior Males patrol back and forth across streams. Adults are more often seen flying and perched well away from water, along dirt roads, sunny trails, and edges. They perch obliquely on twigs and other vegetation low to the ground, as do spiketails and darners (with which they often fly).
Comments Other than another Didymops species in Florida, this is the only member of its genus in most of the United States. Though unique from that standpoint, at a casual glance it could be confused with some darners, spiketails, or river cruisers. However, it is easily separated from all but river cruisers by its single yellow band on the side of the thorax, its yellow facial bar, and single pale yellow spots (not paired) on the top of the abdominal segments. The river cruisers have green (or brighter green) eyes and are blacker on the abdomen (not so brown), they fly later in summer, and they seldom perch near the ground. The Stream Cruiser is reasonably unwary, often allowing close study while perched obliquely on a twig.
State Rank S5
State Status
Global Rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-10 15:09:22

Photo Gallery for Stream Cruiser   54 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: John Petranka

Comment: Chatham, 2024-04-15, White Pines Natural Area - Mating pair
Photo 2 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Durham, 2024-04-06, Near pond on south side of Brickhouse Rd. - Near Duck Blind for handicapped veterans
Photo 3 by: Amy Padgett

Comment: Bladen, 2024-04-05, Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest - Edge of the creek path
Photo 4 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2024-03-21, Piedmont Pines Nature Preserve - one male, one female
Photo 5 by: K. Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2024-03-21, Piedmont Pines Nature Preserve - 1 male, 1 female observed
Photo 6 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2024-02-18, Hot Springs, in the French Broad in sand by tree roots
Photo 7 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Macon, 2023-05-13, Highlands--Ravenel Lake
Photo 8 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2023-04-02, Hollow Rock Nature Park, West of Pickett Road, New Hope Creek Floodplain, Orange County, NHCBP - Female
Photo 9 by: Tom Howe

Comment: Swain, 2022-06-06, among vegetation at edge of wetland - female
Photo 10 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-04-17, Polecat Road
Photo 11 by: Hubert Szczygiel

Comment: Clay, 2021-04-21, Chatuge Lake, Lat: 35.004712 Lon: -83.777509 . - Female.
Photo 12 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-04-20, Hot Springs area
Photo 13 by: Jan Hansen

Comment: Chatham, 2021-04-07, White Pines Preserve - 2 over the Rocky River and another in the power line cut near the parking area
Photo 14 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-05-10, Hot Springs area, River Road, sunny, 60s
Photo 15 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2020-04-21, - Latta Nature Preserve, in powerline ROW
Photo 16 by: Chuck Smith

Comment: Rowan, 2020-04-07, Eagle Point Nature Preserve. - 1 male and 1 female.
Photo 17 by: Jan Hansen

Comment: Orange, 2020-04-03, Brumley Forest North-Silo Pond
Photo 18 by: John Petranka

Comment: Burke; M, 2019-05-21, Linville River at Linville Falls Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway. - Male.
Photo 19 by: Chuck Smith

Comment: Jackson, 2019-05-14, Panthertown Valley, along Mac's Gap Trail ca. 50 meters southeast of its junction with Granny Burrell Falls Trail. - Female.
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Montgomery, 2019-04-22, Uwharrie River downstream from mouth of Moccasin Creek
Photo 21 by: John Petranka, Mark Shields

Comment: Orange, 2019-04-18, Eno River State Park (ENRI) Cole Mill Section. Along powerline corridor SW of Old Cole Mill Rd. - Both sexes including one mating pair.
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Wayne, 2019-04-15, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park (CLNE) - female
Photo 23 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chatham, 2018-05-05, White Pines Nature Preserve - males foraging over trail along Rocky River
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-04-13, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 25 by: John Petranka

Comment: Scotland, 2018-04-04, Lumber River State Park (LURI), Chalk Banks Access. - Males.
Photo 26 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2018-04-03, Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing, Croatan National Forest - female
Photo 27 by: John Petranka

Comment: Watauga, 2017-05-17, Trout Lake, Julian Price Park, Blue Ridge Parkway. - Males.
Photo 28 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-04-16, South River at Ennis Bridge Road bridge
Photo 29 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Robeson, 2017-04-12, at WRC put-in on river; 34.591680, -78.983892
Photo 30 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Robeson, 2017-04-12, at WRC put-in on rive;r 34.591680, -78.983892