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Dusky Dancer (Argia translata) by Rob Van Epps
Compare with: Blue-tipped Dancer  
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distribution Throughout the mountains and Piedmont (though no records yet for the extreme northeastern corner of the Piedmont). Nearly absent from the Coastal Plain, though present along the Fall Line in a few such counties. There is a recent sight report from Bladen County, in the south-central Coastal Plain, outside of the confirmed range. Oddly, the range map in Paulson (2011) shows it nearly "absent"in the Piedmont of both VA and SC.
abundance Fairly common in the Piedmont and mountains (at least locally); nowhere truly common, as the peak one-day counts are just 15 individuals. Absent, or nearly absent, from the Coastal Plain, except near the Fall Line.
flight In the mountains and Piedmont, mainly late May or early June to late October (Piedmont) and to late September (mountains). Each province has a very early record for mid-April. The few Coastal Plain records are from mid-May to late September.
habitat A variety of rivers and creeks; scarce at ponds or lakes. Often on rocks in the creek or river.
comments The seeming near-absence of records from the VA and SC Piedmont is puzzling, considering that it not only has been found in nearly all such counties in NC (except lacking in the extreme northeastern corner of the Piedmont), but that there are some single-day counts in double-digits. One must presume that it is being overlooked, especially in VA.
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 15:38:36

Photo Gallery for Dusky Dancer

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

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-08-26, Pilot Mountain S.P.; river section
Photo by: Mike Turner

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

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-08, Winston Lake
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: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2018-06-24, Brumley Forest Preserve. Along rocky area of Stony Creek upstream of the railroad bridge. - 3 tandem pairs ovipositing.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Harnett; P, 2017-07-29, - RARO - Campbell Creek
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-07-25, Ledges River Park, French Broad River - Male and Female
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: Mike Turner

Comment: Vance, 2017-07-04, Tar River @ SR1101 (Charlie Grissom Rd.) - ad.males
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2014-07-14, Eno River State Park (ENRI). Pleasant Green Access. - 3 males 2 females. Oviposting pair, male with yellowish thoracic color as noted by Paulson when in tandem.
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Lake Santeetlah north of Robbinsville - Male & Female
Photo by: Mark Swanson

Comment: Avery, 2012-09-12, - Possibly two individuals; only one photographed.
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2012-07-03, Fletcher Park, Fletcher - Male
Photo 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
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

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

Comment: Watauga, 2011-07-23, along the south fork of the New River upstream from Todd - pair in wheel with powdered dancers
Photo by: Vin Stanton & Virginia Senechal

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-24, Imaged at Beaver Lake, mating pairs along shore on vegetation - M & F
Photo by: Paul Hart

Comment: Harnett; P, 2009-08-21, RARO - Seen along edge of Cape Fear River
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Yadkin, 2008-06-10, PIMO-Lower YRSS - Immature male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Watauga County, female, 2007-07-12
Photo by: R Emmitt, R Rittmaster

Comment: mated pair, 2004-07-11