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

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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 9
Added in 2020 from previous year = 1 (1903-07-09)

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Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis) by Mark Shields
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distribution Essentially statewide, though possibly absent in the eastern Tidewater Region. Presumably absent on the Outer Banks.
abundance Common to locally very common in the Piedmont and western Coastal Plain, particularly around flowing water in the Piedmont. Fairly common to locally common in the mountains and the central and southern Coastal Plain. Rare in the northeastern and far eastern Coastal Plain, and probably absent near the coast there.
flight Early May through late October in the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain. The flight in the mountains is from mid-May at least to mid-September (and likely later).
habitat Favors rivers and large streams, but can be found away from water. Also occurs around lake and pond margins.
behavior Prefers open areas with sunlight, using rocks, ground, or available vegetation.
comments This is one of our most common and widespread damselflies, except near the northeastern and eastern coastal areas. There are several one-day counts of at least 50 individuals, all from the lower Piedmont.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-01-24 15:26:08

Photo Gallery for Blue-fronted Dancer   45 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-07-01, Hot Springs area
Photo 2 by: Ruby Sarkar

Comment: Wake, 2020-06-21, This damselfly was seen near the Falls Lake Dam, in Raleigh. It was a hot, sunny summer afternoon. This particular one is a mature male. Seen this and some more of the same species there on that day. They all were near the dam but little away from water. These damselflies preferred solid ground than water surface. They were mostly perched on ground or short grasses.
Photo 3 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-07-21, Flat Branch
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Cumberland, 2018-07-13, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville
Photo 5 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo 6 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Rowan, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo 7 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Concord Church boating access
Photo 8 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake
Photo 9 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Guilford, 2018-06-30, N. Buffalo Creek @ SR 2832
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-09-24, Northeast Cape Fear River, from Chinquapin Boating Access Area to 3 km upstream and 1 km downstream, by kayak
Photo 11 by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Male
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-08-27, Sutton Lake Boating Access Area
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Wayne, 2017-08-01, Neuse River, Seven Springs Boating Access Area
Photo 15 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Harnett; P, 2017-07-29, - RARO - Campbell Creek
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Harnett; C, 2017-07-21, Cape Fear River, Erwin. From NC 217 bridge to 2 km upstream, by kayak.
Photo 17 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Durham, 2017-07-15, Bank of Eno River near Guess Rd. - male
Photo 18 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo 19 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-07-01, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - Male resting on paved trail near river
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-08-24, Trent River, Trenton Boating Access Area
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-08-04, Holly Shelter Game Land, dike between Northeast Cape Fear River and greentree impoundment , southwest of Holly Shelter Boating Access
Photo 23 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-08-23, Jones Lake State Park; circumnavigated lake in a kayak
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Sampson, 2015-08-23, Black River by kayak from Ivanhoe Boating Access to 0.5 km upstream of Dr Kerr Rd bridge
Photo 25 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2015-08-01, Lumber River State Park, Princess Ann Access
Photo 26 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Robbinsville - Male
Photo 27 by: Steve Hall

Comment: Edgecombe, 2013-06-21, Tar River above Princeville
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2012-08-07, County park Northern Henderson County - Male
Photo 29 by: Steve Hall and Harry LeGrand

Comment: Northampton, 2012-07-13, North shore of the Roanoke River at the US 258 bridge crossing
Photo 30 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2012-06-15, North of Hot Springs on River Road-French Broad River - Male & Female