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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 0

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Rusty Snaketail (Ophiogomphus rupinsulensis) by Ted Wilcox
Compare with: Edmund's Snaketail   Appalachian Snaketail   Maine Snaketail   Brook Snaketail  
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distribution Northern, ranging south to extreme northwestern NC and TN. Known in NC only from Alleghany County, where first reported (photos) in 2006.
abundance Certainly must be very rare in NC. Within its fairly broad/wide range, however, Dunkle (2000) calls it "fairly common".
flight The NC records fall between 28 May and 22 June. However, Mead (2003) gives a wide range from mid-May to mid-August for the MN area, and Dunkle (2000) gives "Early May to late Sep."; this is a remarkably wide spread of flight dates for any clubtail!
habitat Large streams and rivers, where water is clear, with rapids and riffles.
behavior Adults, where present, are rather easily seen, as they often perch on dirt or other ground or low vegetation. As with most clubtails, males often perch on rocks in the rivers while guarding territories.
comments This species had been reported to occur in NC in one or more references prior to 2006, though we were aware of no documentation, and Duncan Cuyler had no specimen data for the species in NC. Fortunately, while photographing dragonflies at the Alleghany County section of New River State Park on 28 May and again on 22 June, 2006, Ted Wilcox documented this species along the margins of the New River with excellent photographs.
state_status SR
S_rank S1
G_rank G5
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Rusty Snaketail

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Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: NERI - Alleghany County, 2006-06-22, male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Alleghany Co., immature female, 2006-05-28
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Alleghany County, 2006-06-22, male, same indiv. as above
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Alleghany County, 2006-06-22, immature female