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

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Related Species in LESTIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 16
Added in 2020 from previous year = 1 (1903-07-15)

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Southern Spreadwing (Lestes australis) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Slender Spreadwing   Carolina Spreadwing   Sweetflag Spreadwing  
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distribution Essentially statewide, even to the coast (where many odonates are rare or absent). No records yet from several counties at the southwestern tip of the state, but probably present in all 100 counties.
abundance Fairly common statewide, except for obviously very rare to rare in the southwestern mountains. Does not occur in swarms or otherwise large numbers, as the peak one-day count is 31 individuals.
flight A remarkably wide flight period, even into early winter. Interestingly, the flight charts for all three provinces show a dip in records in the heat of summer. The species is not reported to be migratory, but is there some aestivation of individuals in summer, or is this pattern simply a result of different broods? In the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, from early March to mid-December (rarely near the coast into January). There is even a late February record for the Piedmont. In the mountains, the flight occurs between late April and late September.
habitat Generally around ponds or small lakes, with much vegetation around their margins, including marshes.

See also Habitat Account for General Beaver Ponds and Semi-natural Impoundments
comments Until recently, this was considered as a subspecies of the Common Spreadwing; however, that species was split into two species -- Southern Spreadwing and Northern Spreadwing (not in North Carolina). Mark Shields has provided a number of early winter records for the species at a few coastal ponds.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
other_name Common Spreadwing, Northern Spreadwing
Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-01-24 13:15:13

Photo Gallery for Southern Spreadwing   26 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Matt Guilin

Comment: Cabarrus, 2020-05-19, Between Parks Lafferty Rd. and Rocky River along Rocky River Biking Trail - Female.
Photo 2 by: Sarah Stevens, Paul Hart

Comment: Alamance, 2020-05-02, Near Snow Camp
Photo 3 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2019-05-26, Wilkes County Sustainable Rest Stop, US 421 near exit 282 - ad.male
Photo 4 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka and party.

Comment: Avery, 2019-05-21, Pond on private property that adjoins the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Avery County. - Males.
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips, Cathy Songer

Comment: Onslow, 2019-04-07, White Oak River Game Land, upper tract - 7 males, 3 females, including 2 tandem pairs
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Beaufort, 2018-05-25, Voice of America Game Land - 2 males, 1 female
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2017-10-15, Holly Shelter Game Land
Photo 8 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo 9 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo 10 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-20, Jones Lake State Park - ad.male
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Small streamhead pond about 150 m west of 17 Frog Pond, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2016-11-19, limesink ponds at Carolina Beach State Park - 17 lone males and 3 ovipositing pairs
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-11-16, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2016-05-27, Jones Lake State Park - female
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-05-15, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-08-06, Carolina Beach State Park - at Grass Pond
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2014-05-24, Small pond in Holly Ridge
Photo 18 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-09-12, Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Photo 19 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-05-14, Richmond Hill Park, Asheville - Male
Photo 20 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-10, all at Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area - female
Photo 21 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-04-24, North Buncombe. Leicester patch ponds
Photo 22 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-13, imaged at Fletcher Park, same indiv. - M
Photo 23 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-13, imaged at Fletcher Park, same indiv. - M
Photo 24 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2009-06-06, Blue Ridge Parkway, Male
Photo 25 by: R. Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2007-07-15, teneral male
Photo 26 by: E. Corey

Comment: Pender, 2007-05-31, female