The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Dragonhunter by Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

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sciName Hagenius brevistylus
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distribution Nearly statewide, though apparently absent from the northeastern and far eastern parts of the state. No records east of Hertford, Martin, and Craven counties. Of spotty distribution in the southwestern mountains, for no obvious reason, as the species occurs over most of the eastern US.
abundance Generally fairly common in the mountains and foothills, uncommon to fairly common over most of the Piedmont, but uncommon in the Coastal Plain. Despite its very wide range, found in most NC counties, it is seldom really common and not nearly as often seen as the Lancet and Ashy clubtails (though the Dragonhunter flies later in the season than those two).
flight Mainly from mid-May (rarely as early as late April) to late September; most often seen from early June to early September.
habitat Generally breeds at swift-flowing streams and rivers, rarely at lakes. Prefers forested waters as opposed to very wide, sunny streams.
behavior Males often patrol conspicuously up and down the middle of a river or large stream, easily recognized by its very large size and unusual habit of curling the tip of the abdomen downward into a "J" shape. They also perch on bare ground and vegetation, at times allowing for easy observation.
comments This is one of the largest of all dragonflies, and the male's habit of flying with the abdomen tip curled in a "J" shape makes it undoubtedly the easiest of the clubtails to identify on the wing. As the common name implies, it is quite predatory on other species of dragonflies, their main quarry. The species is monotypic -- the only species in its genus.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Dragonhunter

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: R Emmitt - Randy's website

Comment: Caswell Gamelands
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes County (P), 2006-08-06, male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Alleghany County, 2006-07-19, female
Photo by: ASH

Comment: Moore; C, 2007-08-20, female
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2009-06-11, Leicester patch (area around my house)
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Madison, 2010-07-11, South madison county. SandyMush creek
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-12, South Fork of the New River near Todd, NC
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Montgomery, 2011-06-14, Uwharrie River
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-08-13, while floating and walking the south fork of the New River upstream from Todd. - both cahsing abundant Powdered Dancers
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-16, Fetcher Park, Fletcher NC - Female
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Edgecombe, 2013-06-21, Tar River above Princeville
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Macon, 2013-07-16, Patton
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Durham, 2013-08-24, Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment - over Flat River
Photo by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-06, Small creek off Lower Flat Creek.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2015-06-14, - Single male spotted perching at Scotland Lake.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2015-06-28, - Four netted, many more seen in the Waccamaw River below Lake Waccamaw
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-08-09, Black River by kayak, between NC 53/11 bridge and Hunts Bluff Wildlife ramp
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2016-07-26, Along Dam Road and the Cane River in Burnsville.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2015-08-15, - Single female found ovipositing in Cowhorn Creek.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-08-29, Southwest Creek by kayak, from tidal marsh to swamp forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-09-05, Waccamaw River - along 4 km stretch upstream of NC 904 bridge
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2016-07-25, Stone Mountain State Park - all males
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2016-08-27, Lumber River, between Boardman Boating Access and Lumber River State Park Princess Ann Access
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-06-04, White Oak River between Quarry lakes and Dixon Field Landing
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2016-05-27, Black River
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-22, South River, Sloan\'s Bridge boat launch - teneral female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2017-06-24, - Two females spotted attacking other odonates and perching along the Trent River.
Photo by: Guy McGrane

Comment: Watauga, 2017-07-05, Brookshire Park
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Graham, 2017-07-19, Cheoah River just below Santeetlah Dam at the boat launch. - Male. Preying on male Widow Skimmer. First record for Graham.
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-08-17, Carrier Park, Asheville - Female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-09-24, Northeast Cape Fear River, from Chinquapin Boating Access Area to 3 km upstream and 1 km downstream, by kayak