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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 0

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Flag-tailed Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spoliatus) by Owen McConnell
Compare with: Southeastern Spinyleg  
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distribution Ranges essentially west of NC, east to eastern TN and the extreme northwestern corner of GA. Finally, in 2014, it was found in NC, in western Graham County, less than 10 miles from the TN line. It is to be looked for in other low elevation sites in the mountains close to the TN border, especially in the southwestern corner of the state.
abundance Very rare in NC, with just a single documented record (photo). Not uncommon in much of its range, but Beaton (2007) calls it "Rare to uncommon and local" in its small range in northwestern GA.
flight Late May into September in GA. The only NC record is for 23 June. The NC flight is likely spread out over a 3-4-month period in mid-summer.
habitat Mostly rivers and large streams, and at times around ponds and lakes; generally at areas where the flow of water is low.
behavior Males perch on the ground near water; they may also perch on vegetation or other objects.
comments At least one older reference listed the species as occurring in NC, but Cuyler has no records; Bick and Mauffray (1997-2004) also does not list NC for this species, nor do later references, including the OdonataCentral range maps. However, Owen McConnell obtained an excellent photograph of an individual perched on the ground in north-central Graham County in 2014; this conclusively documents the species in NC. This is the first new odonate species recorded in NC since the Rusty Snaketail was found in 2006.
state_status SR
S_rank S1
G_rank G4G5
Species account update: LeGrand

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Comment: Graham, 2014-06-23