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Related Species in CORDULIIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 5

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Stygian Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia yamaskanensis) by Vin Stanton
Compare with: Alabama Shadowdragon   Smoky Shadowdragon   Umber Shadowdragon   Cinnamon Shadowdragon  
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distribution A Northern species, ranging south to the mountains of NC and TN. So far, in NC known from just five counties, but thankfully ranging from the VA state line to the GA state line; however, it has not yet been recorded from the latter state.
abundance Very rare or rare, but as it is crepuscular, it might not be rare at a few specific sites; in fact, 8 individuals were collected at a single site in Madison County in 1992, and four were seen at a site in Ashe County in 2017.
flight Mid-June to at least early July, but this is based on just five records with dates.
habitat Larger rivers and lakes, but only where there is much wave action.
behavior This shadowdragon flies even later in the day than the others, typically not flying until sunset, and continuing for another 30 minutes, often flying later on moonlit nights. During the day, all shadowdragons perch in the shade of forests on twigs and leaves, where nearly impossible to find.
comments Not surprisingly, this Northern species has been recorded at just a handful of sites in NC, and it is the only one of the five shadowdragons in NC that occurs in the mountains. The Madison records are from the French Broad River and the Macon record is from the Little Tennessee River. We suspect that the Alleghany record is from the New River, especially as a 2017 record for neighboring Ashe County is from the South Fork New River. Another 2017 record, for Buncombe County, surprisingly turned up in Vin Stanton's yard, though located only 1/4-mile from the French Broad River, its suspected habitat.
state_status SR
S_rank S1?
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G_rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Stygian Shadowdragon

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Photo by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-06-02, Sunset and then until dark, on the French Broad, 1/2 mile downstream from Murray Branch - Many of these flying low over the French Broad, area of mixed riffles and eddies, rocky shore, silty bouldery bottom. Much chasing visible and several couples formed in the half hour after sunset. Couples moved to nearby trees. One netted from shore.
Photo by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-06-02, Sunset and then until dark, on the French Broad, 1/2 mile downstream from Murray Branch - Many of these flying low over the French Broad, area of mixed riffles and eddies, rocky shore, silty bouldery bottom. Much chasing visible and several couples formed in the half hour after sunset. Couples moved to nearby trees. One netted from shore.
Photo by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-16, Observed in the woods above the cliffs overlooking the French Broad 1/2 mile downstream from Murray Branch (River Road), 200 yards from the river - resting in the shade on a hot day in the forest near the French Broad
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Ashe, 2017-06-20, South Fork of the New River at Twin Rivers Campground. Flying fast and low over riffles, flying upstream to pool and repeating that flight pattern. - One male photographed in very low light. Unsure of sex of others. First noticed activity at ca. 8:30 PM (may have begun earlier). Activity ended abruptly at ca. 8:50 PM. Sunset was at 8:46 PM.
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-06-18, 1/4 mile from French Broad River, my yard - Female, captured early AM chilled in fridge before imaging
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-06-18, 1/4 mile from French Broad River, my yard - Female, captured early AM chilled in fridge before imaging
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-06-18, 1/4 mile from French Broad River, my yard - Female, captured early AM chilled in fridge before imaging
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-06-18, 1/4 mile from French Broad River, my yard - Female, captured early AM chilled in fridge before imaging