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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Southern Spreadwing (Lestes australis) by Mark Shields
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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 to often common in the mountains and Piedmont, except scarce (rare?) in the extreme southwestern counties. Fairly common and widespread in most of the Coastal Plain.
flight A remarkably wide flight period, even into early winter. 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.
behavior
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.
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S_rank S5
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G_rank G5
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other_name Common Spreadwing, Northern Spreadwing
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Southern Spreadwing

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

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2019-05-26, Wilkes County Sustainable Rest Stop, US 421 near exit 282 - ad.male
Photo 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 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 by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Pender, 2017-10-15, Holly Shelter Game Land
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: Mike Turner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comment: Pender, 2007-05-31, female