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 for 2019 = 42

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Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita) by Mark Shields
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mapClick on county for list of all its records for Fragile Forktail
distribution Statewide, recorded from all 100 counties.
abundance Common to abundant; arguably the most widespread and frequently seen damselfly in the state, though not occurring in the abundance that the Citrine Forktail can be found in the Sandhills region.
flight As with many forktails, the flight is very long -- mid-February to mid-November.
habitat A wide variety of wet grassy areas, typically around pond or lake margins, slow-moving streams, etc.
behavior
comments As with the Citrine Forktail, this is an easily found species, all across the state for most of the warmer months. Because it is a tiny species, its numbers in the state may equal or exceed the numbers of individuals of abundant dragonfly species such as Blue Dasher and Eastern Pondhawk.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Fragile Forktail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Mitchell, 2019-05-16, Living Waters Campground, Glen Ayre.
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2019-05-11, Campbell University- Marshbanks Property
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-27, The Village Green, Cashiers
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2018-06-22, Bay River at Joe Himbry Waterfront Park, Bayboro
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-05-15, Flat Branch
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - at ponds near park office
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-04-21, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2018-03-16, - teneral female
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Hyde, 2018-02-27, Mattamuskeet NWR; on entrance to boardwalk.
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Beaufort, 2017-08-04, Palmetto Boardwalk, Goose Creek State Park (GOCR)
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Tyrrell, 2017-08-04, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, Little Glade Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-12, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, wetland near Greenway - At least 4 different males, 2 females in brush near river
Photo by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Small streamhead pond about 150 m west of 17 Frog Pond, Sandhills Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Currituck, 2017-04-14, Maple Park, Barco
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Camden, 2017-04-14, Dismal Swamp State Park (DISW)
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Gates, 2017-04-14, Merchants Millpond State park (MEMI)
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2017-03-01, Holly Shelter Game Land, Greentree impoundment along Northeast Cape Fear River
Photo by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-02-26, Huntersville, NC near Platon Road
Photo by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-02-23, Possible early date for North Carolina
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2016-09-09, Cabin Lake County Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2016-08-08, Lumber River State Park, Princess Ann Access
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2016-05-02, Very young teneral female, Tuskeegee Motel pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-03-13, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-08-08, Holly Ridge - teneral
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-08-01, Lake Waccamaw State Park - immature female photographed; mature male and female also observed
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jones, 2015-07-29, Brock Millpond, Trenton. Shoreline along NC Hwy. 58. - Males.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; OBM, 2015-06-10, Buxton Woods Trail
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-07, Alligator River NWR Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Scuppermong Interpretive Boardwalk
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: McDowell; P, 2015-06-04, Hwy 221 Baseball field park on Linville River
Photo by: Earle Webster

Comment: Wake, 2015-05-09, immature female
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-13, Bear Creek Junction ponds
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2014-04-02, Cane Creek Park (Union County).CLear sky, temp 80 F, wind SW 15 knots. - Found on small feeder creek at 1430 EDT.
Photo by: A. Fairbanks

Comment: New Hanover, 2014-04-01, Perched on emergent vegetation along cypress limesink at Halyburton Park - Sunny, low 70s sighted at approx 245pm along nw edge of cypress limesink at Halyburton Park
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Swain, 2013-07-16, Ferebee Park, Nantahala River - Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Brunswick, 2013-04-26, Green swamp
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male & Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Yancey, 2012-05-26, Mt Mitchell area
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-28, trout pond at Max Patch
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-28, Fletcher Park Pond
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College - M & F
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2011-05-29, imaged along French Broad River Southern Madison County
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-19, Imaged at drainage pond Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary - Many Indiv. M & F
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2010-05-28, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo by: Doug Johnston,

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-09-09, North Buncombe county - Small pond, Leicester patch Norht Buncombe Co.
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2009-06-28, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, male
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-14, Shell Hollar Road Pond - on old road near pond
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-04, Riverbend Park - seen at 3/4 acre pond
Photo by: ASH

Comment: Moore; C, 2007-08-09,
Photo by: Ed Corey

Comment: Eno River State Park, 2006-08-03, Note "exclamation point" on shoulder; female.
Photo by: Betty Anderson

Comment: WB Umstead State Park, 2004-03-29
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2019-05-11, Campbell University- Marshbanks Property
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2019-05-11, Campbell University- Marshbanks Property