The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Complete 10th Approximation
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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species
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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE:
Amphiagrion saucium - Eastern Red Damsel
Argia apicalis - Blue-fronted Dancer
Argia bipunctulata - Seepage Dancer
Argia fumipennis - Variable Dancer
Argia moesta - Powdered Dancer
Argia sedula - Blue-ringed Dancer
Argia tibialis - Blue-tipped Dancer
Argia translata - Dusky Dancer
Chromagrion conditum - Aurora Damsel
Enallagma aspersum - Azure Bluet
Enallagma basidens - Double-striped Bluet
Enallagma civile - Familiar Bluet
Enallagma concisum - Cherry Bluet
Enallagma daeckii - Attenuated Bluet
Enallagma davisi - Sandhill Bluet
Enallagma divagans - Turquoise Bluet
Enallagma doubledayi - Atlantic Bluet
Enallagma dubium - Burgundy Bluet
Enallagma durum - Big Bluet
Enallagma exsulans - Stream Bluet
Enallagma geminatum - Skimming Bluet
Enallagma hageni - Hagen's Bluet
Enallagma minusculum - Little Bluet
Enallagma pallidum - Pale Bluet
Enallagma signatum - Orange Bluet
Enallagma sulcatum - Golden Bluet
Enallagma traviatum - Slender Bluet
Enallagma vesperum - Vesper Bluet
Enallagma weewa - Blackwater Bluet
Ischnura hastata - Citrine Forktail
Ischnura kellicotti - Lilypad Forktail
Ischnura posita - Fragile Forktail
Ischnura prognata - Furtive Forktail
Ischnura ramburii - Rambur's Forktail
Ischnura verticalis - Eastern Forktail
Nehalennia gracilis - Sphagnum Sprite
Nehalennia integricollis - Southern Sprite
Nehalennia irene - Sedge Sprite
Telebasis byersi - Duckweed Firetail
Number of records for 2019 = 0
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by Troy Hibbitt. 2012-07 Penobscot County, ME
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Largely disjunct population, known only from White Lake in Bladen County; the major portion of the range is Northeastern, south only to southern NJ (OdonataCentral range map). Believed (as of 2014) to be an introduced population.
Can be common along lakeshores with emergent vegetation, within its main range. If it still occurs in NC, it likely must be quite local and rare, especially as nearly all records were over 25 years ago, and most of the shoreline of White Lake is heavily developed.
The 10 dates for NC fall within a narrow time window -- early May to late May.
Floating or emergent vegetation along lakeshores.
This is likely the rarest damselfly in NC, if it still exists. The last observation was May 1997, thus giving hope that it still occurs around White Lake. Mark Shields kayaked completely around White Lake on 11 May 2017 specifically searching for this species, but he found none. Thus, it may well be gone from the lake, though perhaps other surveys a week or two earlier or later than 11 May might still be warranted. Other bay lakes in Bladen County have been well-worked over the past few decades -- Jones, Baytree, Singletary, etc.; yet, there are no records for them, the reason a few biologists wonder why a northern species would be disjunct far to the south at only White Lake, and not at other similar lakes. Therefore, in Fall 2014 the NC Natural Heritage Program created a new Watch List category: Watch Category 6, which includes species known to occur in North Carolina which current data suggest are likely not native to North Carolina but whose native occurrence is plausible. A small population was recently (2011) found in southern NJ, though the gap in the range to Bladen County, NC, is still nearly 400 miles.
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