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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 76

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Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Eastern Pondhawk   Blue Dasher   Chalk-fronted Corporal  
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distribution Throughout the Coastal Plain and Piedmont; of spotty occurrence in the mountains, mainly at lower elevations.
abundance Common to locally abundant in the southern Coastal Plain, and common to very common in the rest of the Coastal Plain and in the eastern and central Piedmont. Fairly common in the western Piedmont, but rare to uncommon in the mountains, where it seems to be increasing (seven "new" county records were added in the past few years).
flight Spring season only. In the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, the flight occurs from late February mainly to mid-May, but sparingly to mid-June. There are several odd records for late summer and fall; two (August and November) are specimens (correctly labeled?) and one (September) is a sight report (correctly identified?). The mountain flight occurs from late March to early June, very rarely to early July.
habitat Ponds, lakes, and other slow-moving waters. Most numerous at somewhat infertile waters such as Carolina bay pools and lakes.
behavior Only the Common Whitetail, among numerous species in NC, behaves like a Blue Corporal. Both sexes forage primarily by perching on the ground, and by making flights in open woods, powerline clearings, and other semi-open areas (typically somewhat close to woods).
comments This skimmer can be the most often seen dragonfly, along with the Common Baskettail, on a spring-season outing. Dozens can be seen in a day, mostly immatures and females, which can be easily identified by the white or cream "corporal" stripe on each shoulder. These shoulder stripes become blue and less conspicuous in the adult male. Because Blue Corporals usually perch on the ground on dirt roads, wide trails, and in powerline clearings, an observer quickly learns this species, often flushing them while looking for less common odonates or for butterflies.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Blue Corporal

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Photo by: Charles K. Smith, John Petranka and party.

Comment: Burke; P, 2019-05-15, South Mountain State Park (SOMO). Along and below the dam of Clear Creek Lake. - Both sexes.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Jackson, 2019-05-14, Panthertown Valley, Panthertown Creek in pool below Granny Burrell Falls. - Male
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2019-05-03, Eno River at Eno River State Park (ENRI) Pleasant Green Access.
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Wayne, 2019-04-15, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park (CLNE)
Photo by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2018-05-05, - sunning near beaver dam
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2018-04-28, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge - on Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell, 2018-04-28, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-04-21, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2018-04-19, Male Blue Corporal attracted to discarded white rag near edge of pond.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Northampton, 2018-04-14, Northampton Nature Trail, Jackson
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Moore; C, 2018-04-05, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (WEWO)
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2018-04-02, teneral Blue Corporal
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2017-05-16, Along the edge of a permanent pond near the Blue Ridge Parkway. First county record.
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-05-10, Franklin, Little Tennessee River Greenway, Suli Marsh - Resting on rail of boardwalk
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-07, Horseshoe Lake, Suggs Mill Pond Game Land
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2017-04-28, Meat Camp Creek ESA - male
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2017-04-26, Meat Camp Creek ESA - female
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Currituck, 2017-04-14, Maple Park, Barco
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Camden, 2017-04-14, Dismal Swamp State Park (DISW)
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-11, Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-05-07, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2016-04-29, New County Record - Tulula Wetlands, female
Photo by: Jason Love

Comment: Macon, 2016-04-17, Saw while walking West Middle Creek Rd. - Several flying on West Middle Creek Rd.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-03-29, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-05-14, Elk Creek rocky sandbar
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Alamance, 2015-05-13, Cedarock Park. Pond near the picnic shelter. - Common.
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2015-05-03, Pitt County Arboretum
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Cherokee, 2015-05-01, Cherokee Lake Picnic Area at Hiwassee Lake
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Brunswick, 2013-04-26, Green swamp
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: New Hanover, 2013-04-25, Carolina Beach state park
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Craven, 2013-04-13, - Single female spotted along creek
Photo by: Bob Cherry

Comment: Watauga, 2012-06-27, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-28, trout pond at Max Patch
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2012-04-08, Riverbend Park - Males and females perching and hawking insects at the pond
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2012-03-30, Fletcher Park - Male and Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-03-30, Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-05-12, Imaged near pond Fletcher Park, Fletcher - male
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Gamelands
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-05-05, Imaged near pond Fletcher Park, Fletcher - male
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Wake, 2011-05-03,
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-04-26, Imaged on boardwalk, at Beaver Lake, Asheville - female or imm. male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-04-26, Imaged on boardwalk, at Beaver Lake, Asheville - female or imm. male
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2011-04-14, - Holly Shelter Gameland and boat launch on the Cape Fear river
Photo by: Dorothy E. Pugh

Comment: Orange, 2011-04-07. Mason Farm Biological Reserve
Photo by: Dorothy E. Pugh

Comment: Orange, 2011-04-04. Ebenezer Church - Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-05-15, These observations were made at Lochmere Golf Course in Cary
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-05-08, These observations were made at Lochmere Golf Course in Cary
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-05-23, all sightings from Riverbend Park - very cooperative and landed on my shirt several times
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2008-05-26, Blue Ridge Parkway, Immature male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2006-05-19, female
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2006-05-19, male