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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 93

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Great Blue Skimmer by Bob Oberfelder

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sciName Libellula vibrans
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Great Blue Skimmer
distribution Essentially statewide, but as with several other skimmers, it is of spotty distribution in the mountains, though likely occurring in all counties in the province.
abundance Common, to locally abundant, in the Coastal Plain; common in the eastern and central Piedmont; somewhat less numerous (fairly common, at least locally) in the western Piedmont and lower mountains. This is one of the most numerous dragonflies in swamps and bottomlands.
flight Early May (very rarely in late April) into late September in the Piedmont and into late October in the Coastal Plain. The mountain flight, quite a bit narrower, is from mid-May to mid-September.
habitat Still or slow-moving waters in mostly shaded areas, such as swamps and swampy pools, wooded beaver ponds, and very slow-moving streams.
behavior Males commonly perch around the margins of swampy pools and other wet areas in swamps and bottomlands. Adults typically stay close to forested areas, such as along roads through bottomlands and swamps. They usually perch on twigs of trees along the wooded edges, often 5-10' high. They can be quite pugnacious, with much chasing of other Great Blue Skimmers in their small territories.
comments This is the largest of the Libellula skimmers, and though colored in pruinose pale blue like adult male Eastern Pondhawks and several other male skimmers, the male Great Blue Skimmer is separated by its very pale blue thorax (contrasting with the slightly darker abdomen) and greenish-blue eyes. They can occur in swarms of a dozen or more in a very small area. This species is one of the most common dragonflies (next to Eastern Pondhawk) that one sees along roads through swamps and bottomlands, especially as seen from bridges over swampy rivers and creeks.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Great Blue Skimmer

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

Comment: Ashe County, 2006-07-11, teneral male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2006-06-16, female
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-04, all sightings from Riverbend Park - one individual patroling the west side of 3/4 acre pond
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Warren, 2009-06-02, - male
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Warren, 2009-06-02, - immature male
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Warren, 2009-07-24, - mature female
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Warren, 2009-07-09, - male
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2009-08-09, River Park North
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-07-05, - Leicester patch
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-15, Alligator River NWR
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-07-27, Small pond UNC-A campus - 2M & 1F
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-07-27, Small pond UNC-A campus - 2M & 1F, Male image rotated was horz. when image taken
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

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

Comment: Wake, 2010-08-07, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, female
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-08-14, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf course, male
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Edgecombe, 2013-06-21, Tar River above Princeville. immature male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2013-07-17, Beaver Lake Asheville - Male
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2013-07-26, Indian Trail, NC - "ephemeral stream" in my woods
Photo by: Jon Boerger

Comment: Watauga, 2013-06-26, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2013-08-25, Fletcher Park, Fletcher NC - Male
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2014-07-14, at Meat Camp Creek ESA - first photos
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-06-24, Yellow Creek where Alcoa's pipeline crosses it
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Madison, 2014-08-03, At a small seasonal pond at 782 River Bend Drive in Mars Hill, NC.
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Durham, 2013-08-20, Flat River Waterfowl Impoundments
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2015-06-08, Cedar Point Tideland Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Scuppermong Interpretive Boardwalk; numerous individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Palmetto-Peartree Preserve - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-07, Alligator River NWR Charles Kuralt Trail - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-07, Alligator River NWR Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; OBM, 2015-06-10, Buxton Woods Trail - Mulitple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

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

Comment: Onslow, 2015-06-29, Northeast Creek Park, Jacksonville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2015-07-08, Mattamuskeet NWR
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2018-05-18, Holly Shelter Game Land, dike between NE Cape Fear River and greentree impoundment
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Alleghany, 2015-07-15, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Seep and boggy area near campground Loop B. - Males. Around boggy area.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-08-01, Lake Waccamaw State Park - abundant
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-08-01, Lumber River, Fair Bluff
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2015-08-01, Lumber River State Park, Princess Ann Access
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-08-09, Black River by kayak, between NC 53/11 bridge and Hunts Bluff Wildlife ramp
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2015-08-15, Northeast Cape Fear River by kayak, between Wayne
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Sampson, 2015-08-23, Black River by kayak from Ivanhoe Boating Access to 0.5 km upstream of Dr Kerr Rd bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-09-13, Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, Basin Trail
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-28, Haywood Landing and Weetock Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Robeson, 2017-05-27, Lumber River at the Boardman Boating Access on US Hwy. 74. - Remarkable numbers of females and immature males, mainly perched in trees at the parking area. Only 3 males with mature coloration seen.
Photo by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-07-30, Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve, Winnabow
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Perquimans, 2018-06-09, Perquimans River at NC 37 bridge
Photo 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 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake - ad.males
Photo by: Maria de Bruyn

Comment: , 2018-06-20, Mason Farm Biological Reserve
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-07-06, Pee Dee River; 2 km stretch upstream from Diggs Tract Access, by kayak
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-08-04, S. Yadkin River @ Cooleemee boating access - ad.males
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Carteret, 2018-09-02, Croatan National Forest; Millis Rd.