The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Checklist for North Carolina
Complete 10th Approximation
NC Biodiversity Project
North Carolina's 187 Odonate species
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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE:
Brachymesia gravida - Four-spotted Pennant
Celithemis amanda - Amanda's Pennant
Celithemis bertha - Red-veined Pennant
Celithemis elisa - Calico Pennant
Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant
Celithemis fasciata - Banded Pennant
Celithemis ornata - Ornate Pennant
Celithemis verna - Double-ringed Pennant
Dythemis velox - Swift Setwing
Erythemis simplicicollis - Eastern Pondhawk
Erythrodiplax berenice - Seaside Dragonlet
Erythrodiplax minuscula - Little Blue Dragonlet
Ladona deplanata - Blue Corporal
Ladona julia - Chalk-fronted Corporal
Leucorrhinia frigida - Frosted Whiteface
Libellula auripennis - Golden-winged Skimmer
Libellula axilena - Bar-winged Skimmer
Libellula cyanea - Spangled Skimmer
Libellula flavida - Yellow-sided Skimmer
Libellula incesta - Slaty Skimmer
Libellula luctuosa - Widow Skimmer
Libellula needhami - Needham's Skimmer
Libellula pulchella - Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Libellula quadrimaculata - Four-spotted Skimmer
Libellula semifasciata - Painted Skimmer
Libellula vibrans - Great Blue Skimmer
Macrodiplax balteata - Marl Pennant
Nannothemis bella - Elfin Skimmer
Orthemis ferruginea - Roseate Skimmer
Pachydiplax longipennis - Blue Dasher
Pantala flavescens - Wandering Glider
Pantala hymenaea - Spot-winged Glider
Perithemis tenera - Eastern Amberwing
Plathemis lydia - Common Whitetail
Sympetrum ambiguum - Blue-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum - Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum obtrusum - White-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum rubicundulum - Ruby Meadowhawk
Sympetrum semicinctum - Band-winged Meadowhawk
Sympetrum vicinum - Autumn Meadowhawk
Tramea abdominalis - Vermilion Saddlebags
Tramea calverti - Striped Saddlebags
Tramea carolina - Carolina Saddlebags
Tramea lacerata - Black Saddlebags
Tramea onusta - Red Saddlebags
Number of records for 2019 = 0
PDF has more details,
e.g., flight data, high counts, and earliest/latest dates can be seen.
main photo: Ed Lam. 2009-08-12 Kent County, NE; inset photo: Curt Oien
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Note: these identification tips apply specifically to mature males; features may differ in immature males and in females.
Male White-faced, Cherry-faced, and Ruby Meadowhawks cannot be identified reliably without a clear closeup photo of the hamule; see inset photo below.
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This is a Northern and Midwestern species, ranging generally south to VA and KY. There is a report/record from Macon County listed in OdonataCentral. No data, other than coordinates, are provided. The range map as shown in Paulson (2011) does extend down into NC to include this area.
Presumed very rare, if it truly occurs in NC.
Probably June into September or October.
Marshy edges of lakes, ponds, and other open wet areas.
Probably like other meadowhawks.
It is very unfortunate that the report in OdonataCentral has no observer/photographer/collector name, no date, and no other information, to let readers know if the report is legitimate. However, the website does say that the record has been "vetted", thus approved by an expert. Nonetheless, all previous checklists for NC did not include this species; thus, it might be assumed that the report is recent (2005 or later). The NC Natural Heritage Program has added the species to its Watch List in 2012. If the data become available, as this species is not considered to be a migrant, it might be moved over to the Rare List.
Species account update: LeGrand
Photo Gallery for Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
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