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 added in 2020 = 27

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Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata) by John Petranka
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distribution Statewide, found in all 100 counties.
abundance Common to locally abundant in the Coastal Plain, and common westward. There are several counts of 1,000 individuals in a day, and others with over 100 individuals; most of these are in the Sandhills region of the Coastal Plain, but there are now several triple-digit counts for a coastal county (Carteret).
flight A very long flight period. Primarily early March to mid-January in the Coastal Plain, but has been recorded in all months in the province. The Piedmont flight is from mid-March to late November, whereas in the mountains the flight is from early April to late October. There is also a record for mid-February in the Piedmont.
habitat Lakes or ponds with much grassy vegetation around the margins; bogs, marshes. May also be found along slow-moving rivers.
behavior Perching low within vegetation, this tiny damsel can be difficult to spot, though the bright colors of mature males and immature females are helpful. Typically flies in a slow, hovering manner keeping within vegetation. Both sexes and all ages often occur together.
comments This is certainly one of the most abundant odonates (not just damselflies) in NC, from the coast to the mountains.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-01-27 13:19:10

Photo Gallery for Citrine Forktail   40 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-08-12, Pond at Wolf Laurel exite, Interstate 26
Photo 2 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-04-26, Lake McKinney fish hatchery
Photo 3 by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2019-07-30, Mt. Mitchell State Park at 5820' - in seepage area.
Photo 4 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka and party.

Comment: Avery, 2019-05-21, Pond on private property that adjoins the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Avery County. - Males.
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Mitchell, 2019-05-16, Living Waters Campground, Glen Ayre. - male at small pond
Photo 6 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2019-03-22, Imm Female- Campbell University- Marshbanks Property
Photo 7 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2018-07-05, Field on Yellow Creek Rd. about 400 yds west of water pipeline crossing - male
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2018-06-22, retention pond east of McDonald's on NC 55, Grantsboro
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Beaufort, 2018-05-25, Voice of America Game Land
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - around ponds near park office
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-12-19, Carolina Beach State Park (CABE), limesink ponds - 21 singles, 1 pair in wheel
Photo 12 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-08-13, Woodfin Riverside Park Lat: 35.63133 Long -82.60006 - Male
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake and in-flowing creek, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Camden, 2017-04-14, Dismal Swamp State Park (DISW)
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-03-13, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-12-15, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-11-17, Holly Shelter Game Land
Photo 18 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-14, Tulula Wetlands
Photo 19 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo 20 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2013-06-30, Johnston Mill Preserve, along New Hope Creek at powerlines. - Male.
Photo 21 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2013-05-28, River Road, north of Hot Springs - Male
Photo 22 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: New Hanover, 2013-04-25, Carolina Beach state park
Photo 23 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male & Female
Photo 24 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-16, Field near NC State - Male
Photo 25 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male & Female
Photo 26 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male & Female
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged below dam Lake Junaluska
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-25, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo 29 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-05-12, Imaged at Fletcher Park @ pond - Spotted numerous different locations around pond
Photo 30 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery