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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 3
Added in 2020 from previous years = 5 (1903-06-11) (1905-06-09) (1909-05-19) (1936-08-12) (1938-05-28)

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Needham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Golden-winged Skimmer  
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distribution Essentially coastal, though it does occur on the mainland side of Pamlico Sound and up estuarine rivers as far as tidal waters are present. A collection record for Halifax County is perhaps open to question, as this seems much too far inland.
abundance Common and widespread; present all around Albemarle Sound (unlike the Seaside Dragonlet), as well as around Pamlico Sound.
flight Early May to mid-October; however, most records fall from late May to late September.
habitat Brackish waters of marshes, tidal ponds, and other bodies of water in coastal areas (including some freshwater pools and ponds).

See also Habitat Account for Coastal Freshwater and Low-Salinity Marshes
behavior Males patrol over tidal waters, including salt marshes. Adults do move away from tidal marshes and pools to forage in fields and other uplands, where they might come into competition with the closely related Golden-winged Skimmer.
comments Males of this species are quite striking, even slightly more intense orange or scarlet than in the Golden-winged Skimmer, but identification needs to be made by study of the thorax, not by coloration. Also, Golden-winged is not typically found in tidal regions. An observer usually does not have to work hard to find this species, as it is much more conspicuous around tidal water than either the Four-spotted Pennant or the Seaside Dragonlet.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-01-24 10:38:02

Photo Gallery for Needham's Skimmer   30 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Jan Hansen

Comment: New Hanover, 2020-06-26, Basin Trail at Fort Fisher
Photo 2 by: Jan Hansen

Comment: New Hanover, 2020-06-26, Basin Trail at Fort Fisher
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell, 2019-06-14, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2019-05-31, White Oak River, from Haywood Landing to 7 km upstream and back, by kayak.
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Dare; OBM, 2018-06-29, North Pond, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Chowan River at Edenhouse Bridge Boating Access Area
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple
Photo 9 by: J. Brown

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2017-07-25, RUHI
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2017-07-20, Northeast Creek Park, Jacksonville
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo 12 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2015-09-09, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area - 9 ad.males
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2015-09-04, Upper Broad Creek at Lee
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-08-06, Carolina Beach State Park - along Cape Fear River near marina
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2015-07-08, Mattamuskeet NWR - Estimated 400 perched in grass beside Central Canal Road; many others elsewhere in refuge
Photo 16 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Hyde, 2015-06-19, Wildlife Drive Lake Matamuskeet - numerous mostly females
Photo 17 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo 18 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Scuppermong Interpretive Boardwalk; More than 1 was seen, but individuals were not counted.
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2013-07-03, Retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo 20 by: Steve Hall and Harry LeGrand

Comment: Bertie, 2012-06-06, Roanoke River Wetlands Game Lands, Woods Island Tract. immature male
Photo 21 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-09, Alligator River NWR - males and females usually seen together
Photo 22 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-09, Alligator River NWR - males and females usually seen together
Photo 23 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-09, Alligator River NWR - males and females usually seen together
Photo 24 by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2010-08-03, Elizabethan Gardens
Photo 25 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Onslow, 2010-07-26, North Topsail island
Photo 26 by: K. Bischof

Comment: Beaufort, 2010-06-13, GOCR - Two females obs. on Pamlico Riverfront. The pale color of the thorax juts forward toward the head over the lower portion of the humeral suture.
Photo 27 by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Beaufort, 2009-07-04, Washington
Photo 28 by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Carteret, 2008-08-14, female, Emerald Isle
Photo 29 by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Carteret, 2008-08-14, male, Emerald Isle
Photo 30 by: Newman, Randy

Comment: Carteret, 2003-07-12, THRO - Saltmarsh.