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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Blue-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum) by John Petranka
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distribution Throughout the Piedmont and the western 3/4th of the Coastal Plain. Apparently absent in far eastern counties (no records east of Gates, Martin, and Pamlico counties). Scattered in the mountains, but presumably rare to absent at middle and higher elevations.
abundance Uncommon to locally fairly common, but easily overlooked, in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Rare in the mountains, as well as in the eastern Coastal Plain.
flight Downstate, occurs from very late May to late November, though mainly is present from late July to late October. In the mountains, the meager dates fall between late August and mid-October. One of the relatively few dragonflies whose peak numbers are in the fall season (e.g., September and early October).
habitat Small, semi-shaded or shaded pools in floodplains, swamps, or marshes.

See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Hydric Floodplains
behavior Adults tend to perch on twigs or leaves fairly high off the ground, typically 5' or higher, and thus are not as readily seen as most other pennants/gliders/skimmers. They can easily be overlooked because of this perching behavior, and their feeding bouts also do not take them often to the margins of pools and ponds.
comments Males are rather colorful, with their reddish abdomen (with black spots) and blue to green forehead. But, their habit of perching somewhat high, often in shade or partial shade in moist woods and borders, combined with a fairly small size (under 1.5"), makes them hard to become familiar with (despite records for nearly 75% of the NC counties).
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Blue-faced Meadowhawk

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

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-11-03, Sandhill Game Lands-SR 1422 (Ledbetter Rd.) - ad.males
Photo by: Joe Donahue

Comment: Alamance, 2018-08-30, 3411 Longview Drive in Burlington
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-08-26, Pilot Mountain S.P.; river section
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-11-25, Carolina Beach State Park (CABE), limesink ponds - female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-10-03, Carrier Park, Asheville, 35.56731° N 82.56887° W - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo by: J. A. Anderson

Comment: Surry, 2017-08-22, PIMO - Along farm pond at Pilot Creek Access @ -80.496575, 36.361118
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2016-11-19, limesink ponds at Carolina Beach State Park - 3 pairs in wheel, 1 lone male
Photo by: Joe Lafferty

Comment: Brunswick, 2014-10-17, - old Angels Trace Golf Course Sunset Beach
Photo by: Signa Williams

Comment: Harnett; C, 2014-09-14, Anderson Creek County Park - Female
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Alamance, 2014-08-16, Pond at Cedarock Park- Male near inflow to pond.
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2014-06-01, Lake Raleigh - female/imm.male
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-09-14, Lake Wheeler-west of Penny Road - pair in wheel; remainder males
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-05-25, Lake Wheeler-marshes west of Penny Rd. - females; 1 netted, photographed, and released
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-09-14, Temple Flat Rock - male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-08-31, Redmon Pond Northern Buncombe County - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-08-31, Redmon Pond Northern Buncombe County - Male & Female
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Ali Iyoob

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-29, - Single female spotted along wooded trail
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-09-27, Fletcher Park - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-09-27, Fletcher Park - Male & Female
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2011-07-21, Observed in CAry near Lochmere Golf Course
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Onslow, 2010-11-12,
Photo by: K. Bischof

Comment: Beaufort, 2010-10-09, GOCR - obs. along the Palmetto Boarwalk. Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-13, very cooperative, have not seen during 2010 - imaged on 9/13/2009
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-13, very cooperative, have not seen during 2010 - imaged on 9/13/2009
Photo by: Ed Corey

Comment: Wake, 2008-09-21, WIUM - Observed at semi-permanent pond off Crabtree Creek - males and females, most common dragonfly by far
Photo by: Ed Corey

Comment: Wake, 2008-09-21, WIUM - Observed at semi-permanent pond off Crabtree Creek - males and females, most common dragonfly by far
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-09-05, Carrier Park, Asheville, 35.56731° N 82.56887° W - Male