The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 2

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Furtive Forktail (Ischnura prognata) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Rambur's Forktail   Eastern Forktail  
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distribution Scattered over most of the Coastal Plain and the eastern half of the Piedmont. Recorded from slightly fewer than half of the counties within this range.
abundance Rare to very uncommon, but certainly overlooked in its shady habitat. The peak count of just 12 individuals is indicative of its relative scarcity, as is its spotty range in the state.
flight The flight patterns are oddly "bimodal", almost as if a migratory species or one that aestivates in the warmer months. Most of the combined Coastal Plain and Piedmont records fall between late March and mid-June, and again between mid-October and late December. There are only four records within this four month gap!
habitat Streams, swamp edges, and other pools under heavy shade, essentially always under a forest canopy.
behavior Quite shy, this species comes by its common name honestly. Individuals perch low, often hidden in vegetation.
comments This species' odd habitat selection -- shaded waters in forests -- makes it somewhat more difficult to survey for, and observe/photograph -- than other damselflies. This behavior is at least partly responsible for its spotty range in the state. Mark Shields has provided several recent (2016-17) photos from the southeastern corner of the state, and several others added photos from the northern Coastal Plain in 2018.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Furtive Forktail

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

Comment: Onslow, 2019-03-31, Stones Creek Game Land - 6 mature males, 3 immature females. Photo shows immature female.
Photo by: Hunter Phillips

Comment: Onslow, 2018-12-17, - Derby Downs Drive, Sneads Ferry
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Bertie, 2018-04-29, Charles Kuralt Trail, Roanoke River NWR along US 17 north of Williamston. - 10 males, 2 females.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Bertie, 2018-04-29, Charles Kuralt Trail, Roanoke River NWR along US 17 north of Williamston. - 10 males, 2 females.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2018-04-21, LAWA, near boat ramp on Big Creek - Male photographed, another male and female sighted
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Camden, 2018-04-14, Dismal Swamp State Park (DISW) - female seen in swamp from boardwalk
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-11-25, Carolina Beach State Park (CABE), limesink ponds - 2 lone males, 1 pair in wheel
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-11-18, Carolina Beach State Park (CABE), limesink ponds - male
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2016-11-25, limesink ponds at Carolina Beach State Park - 1 single male and a pair in wheel
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-10-28, 1 female, Holly Shelter Game Land, greentree impoundment , southwest of Holly Shelter Boating Access
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-04-09, 1 male, McLean Savanna Preserve
Photo by: E. Corey

Comment: Onslow, 2007-05-31, observed in shaded swamp, male