The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 7

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Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Furtive Forktail   Eastern Forktail  
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distribution Occupies the eastern half of the state, with scattered records in the western Piedmont; only one county record (Avery) for the mountains. Thus, it is unclear if it occurs statewide, though it certainly is very scarce in the western third of the state.
abundance Common to very common in the lower Coastal Plain, particularly around brackish pools along the coast. Generally common elsewhere in the Coastal Plain. Uncommon to locally common in the eastern and southeastern Piedmont, rare in the central Piedmont, and very rare farther westward.
flight The flight is from mid-March into late November, at least in the Coastal Plain, sparingly from late February and to mid-December. In the Piedmont, the flight begins in early April, and ends by late October. The sole mountain flight date is in mid-June.
habitat Bay lakes, haline pools and shores, and heavily vegetated ponds.
behavior Tends to perch on low vegetation in the open, where easily seen.
comments This is one of the few damselflies that is quite common along and near the immediate coast. The range in the western half of the state still needs much elucidation, especially as there are no recent records west of Orange and Mecklenburg counties.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-01-27 13:21:01

Photo Gallery for Rambur's Forktail   29 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Dare; OBM, 2020-05-26, Pea Island NWR, South Pond
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2020-05-05, Stones Creek Game Land, Dry Lake area
Photo 3 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-04-26, Lake McKinney fish hatchery - Many mated pairs
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak - females
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo 7 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-05-19, Cloudy and rainy all day - male and andromorph female in wheel
Photo 8 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-05-19, McKenny Lake Fish Hatchery ponds - Immature heteromorph females
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 10 by: C. Rose

Comment: Beaufort, 2017-09-27, GOCR
Photo 11 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Lee, 2017-08-25, Watson Lake at Town Park, Broadway. - Males, including one preying on a teneral female Variable Dancer.
Photo 12 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-08-12, Seen around retaining pond in SW Mecklenburg County
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell , 2016-09-17, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-07-22, Lake Waccamaw, southern end between dam and pier
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2016-06-19, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-05-08, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest. Photo of immature female.
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2015-09-04, Upper Broad Creek at Lee
Photo 20 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo 21 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: New Hanover, 2014-05-24, - Sutton Lake
Photo 22 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-08-16, Harris Lake-paddling the shore NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd. - incl. 1 heteromorph female
Photo 23 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Ed Corey

Comment: Bladen, 2013-06-04, seen at Jones Lake State Park
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2011-09-13, Coastal Carolina Community College
Photo 25 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-09, Alligator River NWR
Photo 26 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2010-11-09, In ditch behind Food Lion Surf city
Photo 27 by: E. Corey

Comment: New Hanover, 2006-04-24, male, CABE - Individual seen near drying limesink pond
Photo 28 by: Randy Newman

Comment: red form female, Fort Macon State Park, 2004-10-09
Photo 29 by: Randy Newman

Comment: Mating pair. Notice the red phase of the female. Reportedly the female can have 3 color variations: an andromorphic male-like form, a reddish-orange phase (shown here) and a green form patterned like the red form. Fort Macon State Park, 2003-08-10