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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 46

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Spangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Yellow-sided Skimmer  
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distribution Statewide, but of spotty distribution in the extreme eastern Coastal Plain, at least on the Outer Banks and around the mainland portions of Pamlico Sound. Even so, it might be found in all NC counties.
abundance Common in the mountains; fairly common to common in the Piedmont and most of the Coastal Plain. Seemingly scarce (if not locally absent) on the Outer Banks and the eastern Pamlimarle Peninsula.
flight A slightly shorter flight period than for many other skimmers -- very late April to mid-September. In the Coastal Plain, the latest records are only to late August, except for an odd mid-November record.
habitat Ponds, small lakes, marshes, and other open waters with abundant floating or emergent vegetation.
behavior Males perch close to water and make short patrols. However, adults are typically seen well away from water, such as in powerline clearings, wide jeep roads, fields, and woodland edges. They perch on twigs, often fairly low and can be conspicuous or unwary when perching.
comments This is our only dragonfly with black-and-white stigmas, rendering both males and females easy to identify, even though their body colorations can cause some confusion with other skimmers. The species seldom occurs in large numbers or swarms, as do some skimmers (such as Great Blue Skimmer, Common Whitetail, or Blue Corporal), but a handful are typically seen in the appropriate habitat and time of year.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Spangled Skimmer

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2019-05-18, female, Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge
Photo by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-13, River Road, Murray Branch Meadows
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2019-05-11, Campbell University- Marshbanks Property
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-07-21, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir; from dam to ~1000\' downstream - 18 ad.males
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-02, Tanglewood Park - 1 ad.male
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pitt, 2018-05-25, Tar River at Falkland Boating Access Area
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-05-21, Flat Branch- Male and Immature Male Observed
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-05-21, Flat Branch- Male and Immature Male Observed
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2018-05-11, Northeast Cape Fear River at Chinquapin Boating Access Area - female
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-07, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, wetland near Greenway - male perched in small wetland area
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Cherokee, 2015-06-15, Cherokee Lake (a dammed creek arm of Hiwassee Lake)
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2015-06-07, - Single mature male found at retention pond
Photo by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Hoke, 2015-05-29, along small impounded pond on existing gas line ROW
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-26, Ayr Mount - male
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2015-05-05, Boyd Lee Park
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-07-08, Beatty Park from 05:30 - 07:30 PM. Skies 60/40 clear/cloud, temp. 85. 85
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2012-05-17, French Broad River, Pisgah National Forest - Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2011-06-26, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged Haywood Community College
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-07, Imaged at Fletcher Park - numerous M & F
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-07, Imaged at Fletcher Park - numerous M & F
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-24, Imaged at Richmond Hill Park Asheville - female
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Wake, 2011-05-04,
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2010-07-20, at Meat Camp Creek ESA
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2010-06-20, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area - very active
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-06-09, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, female
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-14, Shell Hollar Road Pond - around pond edges
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2006-06-20, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area near point 36.24414; 081.62866
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes County (P), 2006-06-04, female
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-05-21, Flat Branch- Male and Female observed
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-05-21, Flat Branch- Male and Female observed