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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Eastern Red Damsel (Amphiagrion saucium) by John Petranka
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distribution Throughout the mountains, and presumably throughout the Piedmont. Perhaps present in the western Sandhills, and an isolated record for the central Coastal Plain. The species is a somewhat Northern species, ranging south to central GA.
abundance Fairly common, to locally common, in the mountains. Seemingly rare in the western half of the Piedmont, and uncommon in the eastern half, though it can be locally numerous there. Very rare in the western Coastal Plain.
flight A flight that ends rather early in the season, by mid-summer. The mountain flight occurs between mid-May and late July, with a photo record from fairly late August. The Piedmont flight is from early May to late June, but it should occur into August. The very few Coastal Plain records are in a narrow window from mid-April to mid-May, but records should occur into July or August.
habitat Small streams, seeps, bogs, or marshes, with thick vegetation.
behavior Perches on grasses and sedges, never on flat leaves.
comments The absence of county records for much of the central and southwestern Piedmont is odd, considering that there are daily counts in Wake County, at the eastern edge of the Piedmont, of 20 and 50 individuals. It is not a species that is difficult to identify; thus, this odd abundance pattern might be real.
S_rank S4?
G_rank G5
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Eastern Red Damsel

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - in bogs
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2018-05-09, River Road north of Hot Springs - Male and Female and teneral
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Caldwell, 2016-05-09, Wilson Creek at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Male. Photo.
Photo by: Jim Petranka

Comment: Henderson, 2015-05-28, Common in a floodplain bog.
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2014-05-21, River Road, French Broad River north of Hot Springs - Male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Wake, 2013-06-08, seen at a seep near Falls Dam
Photo by: Cary and David Paynter

Comment: Watauga, 2012-06-19, high elevation bog
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Wake, 2011-05-04,
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Haywood, 2007-05-24, Cataloochee area - Male
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Haywood, 2007-05-24, Cataloochee area - Male
Photo by: Matt Windsor

Comment: Stokes, 2006-06-15, Hanging Rock State Park; OdonataCentral record
Photo by: Lynn Smith

Comment: Jackson, 2002-08-24, Blue Ridge Parkway