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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 4

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Eastern Least Clubtail (Stylogomphus albistylus) by Mark Shields
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distribution Mountains and Piedmont only. Essentially throughout the mountains, but more widely scattered across the Piedmont, eastward to Granville, Wake, and Moore counties.
abundance Uncommon in the mountains, and rare to uncommon in the Piedmont, being least numerous in the central and eastern portions of the latter province. Despite the moderate number of records, the peak one-day count is just of 5 individuals. However, this quite small species is easily overlooked in its shady habitat.
flight Early-mid May to early August in the Piedmont, and from mid-May to mid-August in the mountains.
habitat Small, clear, woodland creeks are preferred; sandy or gravel bottoms.
behavior Males often perch on rocks in the streams, where they are difficult to spot because of their small size and dark coloration. They also perch on vegetation near the water and make small, quick flights over water.
comments This species might be more overlooked and hard to spot rather than being truly "scarce". Despite its range, including the Triangle and eastern Piedmont where most biologists study odonates, there are essentially no reports from State Park personnel. This is not a species one would casually stumble into while in the field; rather, one should look carefully along small shaded or semi-shaded creeks in June or the first half of July.
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S_rank S3S4
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G_rank G5
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other_name Least Clubtail
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Eastern Least Clubtail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mark Swanson

Comment: Avery, 2019-06-02, - Teneral male photographed near Linville River.
Photo by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2018-06-04, Stone Mountain State Park(STMO),East Prong of the Roaring River. Along river near parking area at the end of the paved part of Stone Mountain Rd. - Male perched on rock.
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Surry, 2018-05-26, Riverside Park on the Ararat River, Mt. Airy, NC - teneral male
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Burke; M, 2017-06-21, Linville River at Blue Ridge Parkway Linville River Campground. - Male.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2017-06-15, New Hope Creek, Johnston Mill Preserve just downstream from Mt. Sinai Rd. Perched on small rocks at riffles. - Males.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2017-06-15, New Hope Creek, Johnston Mill Preserve just downstream from Mt. Sinai Rd. Perched on small rocks at riffles. - Males.
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: McDowell; M, 2017-06-07, at North Fork Catawba River 35.839236 -81.98814
Photo by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Surry, 2017-05-17, teneral - Pilot Mountain State Park, Yadkin River
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Caldwell, 2016-05-09, Wilson Creek at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Teneral female. Photo.
Photo by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-10, Small creek off Lower Flat Creek. - male and female
Photo by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-07, Small creek off Lower Flat Creek.
Photo by: Bob Cherry

Comment: Watauga, 2014-06-17, Flannery Fork at base of Trout Lake dam, Cone Park, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Robbinsville - Male
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-30, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owen

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-06-03, Owen Park ponds, Warren Wilson College,Swannanoa River - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owen

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-06-03, Owen Park ponds, Warren Wilson College,Swannanoa River - Male
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2012-05-17,
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-10, at Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2011-05-30, Johnston Mill Preserve on New Hope Creek - all emerging in New Hope Creek near water level on small rocks in the creek
Photo by: E. Corey

Comment: Avery, 2008-06-18, along river
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes; P, male, 2007-07-19
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes County (P), immature female, 2006-06-09
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes County (P), immature female, 2006-06-09
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2004-07-10, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Orange, 2004-06-19. Duke Forest
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Orange, 2004-06-19. Duke Forest