The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 39

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Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) by Rob Van Epps
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distribution Statewide, but as with so many other "statewide"species, it has not been recorded from all mountain counties, though presumably occurring in all 100.
abundance Common to locally abundant essentially statewide, but slightly less numerous (but still common) in the mountains. There are several one-day counts of 200 or more individuals.
flight Downstate, the flight occurs from early May to late October; in the mountains, from late May to mid-September.
habitat Ponds, small lakes, marshes, and pools are used for breeding. Slow-moving portions of rivers or creeks may be used on occasions.

See also Habitat Account for General Beaver Ponds and Semi-natural Impoundments
behavior This is an active and conspicuous dragonfly, despite being one of the smallest species. Adults often perch conspicuously on the tips of twigs and grasses, close to water. Adults will forage long distances from water, and they are among the most "urban" of dragonflies, often found in gardens, arboretums, and other places in cities where suitable prey items might occur.
comments This species is a wasp mimic, with its highly colored wing patches and veins. Adults often obelisk. Females are somewhat similar in coloration to the Halloween Pennant, but the latter species is much larger in size. One would think that a dragonfly whose average length is less than 1" would be difficult to observe and easy to overlook (such as with the Elfin Skimmer), but the Eastern Amberwing is a "unique" species in NC -- there are other amberwings elsewhere -- that seems to want to draw attention to itself, often looking like a butterfly or wasp rather than a dragonfly (at a quick glance).
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand1234

Photo Gallery for Eastern Amberwing   46 photos are available.
Only the most recent 30 are shown.
Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Doug Allen

Comment: Polk; P, 2020-06-14, Caroland Farms private ~10 acre pond and small pond - 74 counted on 1/4 perimeter of pond
Photo 2 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Hoke, 2020-05-14, Nicholson Creek Game Lands
Photo 3 by: Guy McGrane

Comment: Watauga, 2019-08-04, Birdseye view pond - Very active
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Camden, 2019-06-24, Indiantown Creek, from S. Indiantown Rd. bridge to confluence with North River and back, by kayak.
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell, 2019-06-14, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia. Photo of ovipositing female shows many eggs deposited on branch in water.
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2018-08-26, Boiling Spring Lakes - North Lake and Spring Lake parks
Photo 7 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Cooleemee boating access
Photo 8 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-07-02, Flat Branch
Photo 9 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake
Photo 10 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 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple
Photo 13 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2018-06-01, Wetland area near Little Tennessee River in Franklin - Immature male
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Hyde, 2017-08-04, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 17 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Granville, 2017-07-17, Holt Lake near boat launch ramp - male
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo 19 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-06-13, - Roosevelt Wilson Park; Davidson, NC
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2016-09-09, Cabin Lake County Park
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-08-26, Trent River, Pollocksville
Photo 23 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-09-05, Waccamaw River - along 4 km stretch upstream of NC 904 bridge
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2015-09-04, Upper Broad Creek at Lee
Photo 25 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 26 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-08-06, Greenfield Lake - common
Photo 27 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake)
Photo 28 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-07-11, Shelter Creek, near confluence with NE Cape Fear River
Photo 29 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2014-09-18, Retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville,NC
Photo 30 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-16, Tuskeegee Motel Pond - female