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:
Brachymesia gravida - Four-spotted Pennant
Celithemis amanda - Amanda's Pennant
Celithemis bertha - Red-veined Pennant
Celithemis elisa - Calico Pennant
Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant
Celithemis fasciata - Banded Pennant
Celithemis ornata - Ornate Pennant
Celithemis verna - Double-ringed Pennant
Dythemis velox - Swift Setwing
Erythemis simplicicollis - Eastern Pondhawk
Erythrodiplax berenice - Seaside Dragonlet
Erythrodiplax minuscula - Little Blue Dragonlet
Ladona deplanata - Blue Corporal
Ladona julia - Chalk-fronted Corporal
Leucorrhinia frigida - Frosted Whiteface
Libellula auripennis - Golden-winged Skimmer
Libellula axilena - Bar-winged Skimmer
Libellula cyanea - Spangled Skimmer
Libellula flavida - Yellow-sided Skimmer
Libellula incesta - Slaty Skimmer
Libellula luctuosa - Widow Skimmer
Libellula needhami - Needham's Skimmer
Libellula pulchella - Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Libellula quadrimaculata - Four-spotted Skimmer
Libellula semifasciata - Painted Skimmer
Libellula vibrans - Great Blue Skimmer
Macrodiplax balteata - Marl Pennant
Nannothemis bella - Elfin Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea - Roseate Skimmer
Pachydiplax longipennis - Blue Dasher
Pantala flavescens - Wandering Glider
Pantala hymenaea - Spot-winged Glider
Perithemis tenera - Eastern Amberwing
Plathemis lydia - Common Whitetail
Sympetrum ambiguum - Blue-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum - Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum obtrusum - White-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum rubicundulum - Ruby Meadowhawk
Sympetrum semicinctum - Band-winged Meadowhawk
Sympetrum vicinum - Autumn Meadowhawk
Tramea abdominalis - Vermilion Saddlebags
Tramea calverti - Striped Saddlebags
Tramea carolina - Carolina Saddlebags
Tramea lacerata - Black Saddlebags
Tramea onusta - Red Saddlebags
Number of records for 2019 = 0
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by Marion Dobbs. 2005-10-30 TX
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Resident in the western and central parts of the continent, but just a migrant or stray in the southern Atlantic Coast states. Perhaps resident east to western TN and the panhandle of FL. Accidental or stray to NC, where the only record known to us is one photographed in Carteret County in 2007.
Stray; casual or accidental. GA has a few records, and NC, SC, and VA have at least one each.
Probably most likely to occur in late summer or fall. The only NC date available is 30 October.
Breeds at ponds and slow portions of streams. A stray to the East Coast, such as this species, could be seen practically anywhere, especially in coastal habitats. The one found in 2007 in NC was in dune habitat along a barrier island.
As the species is presumed to be a migrant, it could theoretically be seen anywhere in the state. The adults perch fairly low to the ground, and sometimes even on the ground.
This species is reported for NC in the IORI website checklist prepared by Bick and Mauffray (1999-2004). However, Cuyler's unpublished data contains no records for the species for NC. Fortunately, Randy Newman photographed one at Fort Macon State Park in fall 2007 for the first definitive record, though we assume there must be an older record/report prior to 2004. At any rate, the species is a stray to the East Coast.
Species account update: LeGrand
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Photo by: Newman, Randy
Comment: Carteret, 2007-10-30, In dunes south of fort. IDed from poor quality photo.