North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Amber-winged Spreadwing (Lestes eurinus) by John Petranka, Jim Petranka
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distribution Scattered throughout the mountains and the northern Piedmont. The only record for the southern half of the Piedmont is for Mecklenburg County. This is a northern species nearing the southeastern extent of its range in the state; there are records from South Carolina and western Georgia.
abundance Uncommon and local in the mountains; seemingly quite rare in some areas of the mountains. Rare in the Piedmont portion of the range. There are only four daily counts of more than 8 individuals.
flight In the mountains, from mid- or late May to late August. The few Piedmont records fall between late May and early September.
habitat Mainly in ponds and lakes, even small wetlands, but with some emergent vegetation along the shores.
behavior
comments Considering the potential to occur in most Piedmont counties, we have only a few recent records from the province, possibly suggesting a decline in this region. Thankfully, there have been a moderate number of recent records, many documented with photos, for the mountains. The NC Natural Heritage Program put the species on its Watch List in late 2012.
state_status W
S_rank S3
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G_rank G4
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Amber-winged Spreadwing

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Photo by: Mike Turner

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

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers - many tandem pairs
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers - many tandem pairs
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Watauga, 2018-06-15, Elk Knob State Park, small marshy pond. Elevation ca. 4,400ft. - Males.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2018-05-13, Along the French Broad River at Murray Branch Recreation Area. - Teneral Female.
Photo by: Jim Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2017-06-30, Along the edge of a partially shaded woodland pond about 3 miles SSW of Mars Hill.
Photo by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2016-06-07, Shelton Laurel Creek, along NC Hwy. 208 just north of confluence with Big Laurel Creek. Males. Photo.
Photo by: J. Mickey

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2015-07-01, STMO - On a small pond near upper parking lot.
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-06-16, WRC fishing put in on Triplett Rd. - numerous in 100 m of creek
Photo by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-05-20, Small pond, North Buncombe - Just emerged
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Fletcher Park, Fletcher NC - Male
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2012-06-26, at small pond on Snake Mountain State Park Property - at pond
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2012-06-14, Fletcher Park. Fletcher
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson, Gail Lankford, Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-08-06, Fletcher Park - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-07-13, imaged at Richmond Hill Park, Asheville
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-07-13, imaged at Richmond Hill Park, Asheville
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-24, Richmond Hill Park, Asheville - M
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-24, Richmond Hill Park, Asheville - M
Photo by: Taylor Piephoff

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2010-06-10, Bradford Park
Photo by: Taylor Piephoff

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2010-06-10, Bradford Park
Photo by: R. Emmitt

Comment: Orange; mated pair, 2004-05-25
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Clay, 2002-05-24. ID comments by John Petranka: "teneral/very immature male Amber-winged Spreadwing that has not yet developed its adult coloration (i.e. is female-like in body color; the wings may not yet be very amber or their amber color may not show well on this background). Note the pattern of dark markings on the thorax. The dark border in Swamp Spreadwings is straight or very slightly undulating. In this individual the border is jagged with 2-3 tooth-like antero-ventrally pointing projections. Also on the thorax note the 2 ventro-lateral dark patches, the rear-most of which comes up to meet the pleural suture and the more anterior of which touches the middle projection.";