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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Blue-fronted Dancer  
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distribution Throughout the mountains, Piedmont, and the western two-thirds of the Coastal Plain. Absent from most of the northeastern third of the Coastal Plain (i.e., nearly all counties around Albemarle and Pamlico sounds).
abundance Common to very common/abundant in the eastern Piedmont; common elsewhere across the mountains, Piedmont, and western 60-65% of the Coastal Plain, though less numerous in the southwestern part of the mountains. May be legitimately absent from nearly all counties in the Tidewater zone (around Albemarle and Pamlico sounds).
flight The Piedmont flight occurs from late April to late October, and the Coastal Plain flight is at least from early May (if not earlier) to late October. The mountain flight occurs from early May to early October.
habitat Found along rivers and streams, more so along rockier ones and larger ones than all other dancers. Can also be found along roads and other places away from water, when foraging.
behavior This is the most frequently seen dancer along rockier streams and rivers, often perching on exposed rocks.
comments The two highest counts in the state are from the eastern Piedmont, though this might be an artifact of observer coverage rather than a true abundance pattern. Adult males are easily identified by their very glaucous (whitish) "bloom", particularly on the thorax.
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Photo Gallery for Powdered Dancer

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

Comment: Stokes, 2018-10-07, Dan River @ NC 704
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Stanly, 2018-08-31, Rocky River @ NC 138
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Montgomery, 2018-08-25, Uwharrie River @ Low Water Bridge
Photo by: Mike Turner

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

Comment: Rowan, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-07-06, Lumber River State Park (LURI) - Chalk Banks Access
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-07-06, Pee Dee River; 2 km stretch upstream from Diggs Tract Access, by kayak
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Cooleemee boating access
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pitt, 2018-05-25, Tar River at Falkland Boating Access Area. Photo of immature 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 and Female
Photo by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Wayne, 2017-08-01, Neuse River, Seven Springs Boating Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, New River State Park (NERI), King\'s Creek Access
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-20, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - Young male, on paved surface near Nickajack Bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Caldwell, 2017-06-04, Wilson Creek, US Forest Service access off Brown Mountain Beach Road
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Mitchell, 2017-06-03, Nolichucky River at Poplar Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Union, 2017-05-15, Rocky River at Randolph Landing, Rocky River Blueway Access and Nature Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-11, South River at Sloan's Bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2016-08-26, Northeast Cape Fear River, Kenansville Boating Access
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-09-05, Waccamaw River - along 4 km stretch upstream of NC 904 bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-09-05, Waccamaw River - along 4 km stretch upstream of NC 904 bridge. Blue female with dorsal stripe.
Photo 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 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2015-08-01, Lumber River State Park, Princess Ann Access - brown female
Photo by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-10, Alexander River Park - Blue female without dorsal stripe
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-28, Eno Riverwalk
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

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

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

Comment: Henderson, 2012-07-30, Fletcher Park, Fletcher - Male & Female
Photo by: Steve Hall and Harry LeGrand

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

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-07-23, along the south fork of the New River upstream from Todd - lots ovipositing
Photo by: Curtis and Mary Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-07-19, observed near Todd upstream about a mile - There were amazing numbers on rocks and debris in the river, most in wheel
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska - M & F
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-07, North Buncombe county - Turkey creek
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2011-06-05, near Marshall - Male & Female
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Halifax, 2009-07-14, MEMO - female
Photo by: Ed Corey

Comment: Richmond; C, 2006-07-09, immature male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2005-07-19, female
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2006-06-22, female
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2006-06-22, teneral male