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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Duckweed Firetail (Telebasis byersi) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Eastern Red Damsel  
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distribution Throughout the Coastal Plain, but essentially absent from the adjacent Piedmont, though there are recent records for the eastern portion (Orange and Anson counties). Absent from the mountains. Possibly absent in some coastal counties in the northeastern Coastal Plain.
abundance Seemingly local. Apparently rare over much of the Coastal Plain, but can be fairly common in a few places, as witnessed by a one-day count of 45; several other one-day counts are of 8-9 individuals. Very rare in the Piedmont portion of the range.
flight The records fall between mid-May to late September.
habitat As the name implies, found mostly at ponds or swampy pools where there are dense stands of duckweeds.
comments The male is so bright red that, where present, it should be obvious. The scarcity of recent records from the inner half of the Coastal Plain, including the Sandhills, is surprising if not disturbing. There has been some effort in sampling Sandhills lakes and ponds in recent years, and this striking species is not being reported there -- yet has been found at a few sites farther west in the eastern Piedmont.
S_rank S3S4
G_rank G5
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Duckweed Firetail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Ashwin Srinivasan

Comment: Orange, 2019-09-30, UNC - Chapel Hill -- photo of male - photo in iNaturalist
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2018-06-29, Nags Head Woods Preserve - Males on ponds. First record for county
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2017-08-27, MEMI - Pair ovipositing
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-28, - Lake Waccamaw. Two single males, and one pair ovipositing near boat ramp near the state park.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-08-04, Holly Shelter Game Land, Greentree impoundment along Northeast Cape Fear River
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-08-04, Brock Mill Pond, Trenton
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Beaufort, 2016-07-08, Goose Creek State Park
Photo by: Chris and Cheryl Talkington

Comment: Anson, 2014-08-24, flew into my car and landed on my dashboard while driving the wildlife loop
Photo by: Chris and Cheryl Talkington

Comment: Anson, 2014-08-24, flew into my car and landed on my dashboard while driving the wildlife loop
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2014-06-28, - Males in females in duckweed covered borrow pond.
Photo by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Tyrrell, 2014-06-24, Palmetto-Peartree Preserve - Male
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2014-06-22, - Pairs and individuals spotted along bank at Brock
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2012-08-04, - Copulating Pair