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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 0
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Common Sanddragon by Bob Oberfelder

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sciName Progomphus obscurus
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Common Sanddragon
distribution Nearly statewide, but apparently absent from the extreme northeastern and eastern counties, and of spotty occurrence in the mountains (and perhaps absent in the middle and upper elevations). No records east of Halifax, Martin, and Craven counties in the Coastal Plain; and known from just seven counties in the mountains (and none from the southwestern corner of the mountains).
abundance Fairly common to occasionally common in the Piedmont and much of the Coastal Plain, but seemingly absent in the northeastern and eastern portions of the latter province. Rare in much of the mountains, and presumably scarce to absent over 3000-feet elevation. This species and the Black-shouldered Spinyleg are the most frequently seen clubtails across the state during the late spring and early summer months (whereas Ashy and Lancet clubtails are the most common clubtails in the spring season).
flight Generally from mid-May to mid-August. However, there are scattered records as early as 16 March and as late as 9 September. The flight starts slightly later in the mountains than downstate.
habitat Creeks or small rivers with sandy shores, sand bars, and other sandy areas nearby. These are often in rather open habitats, but may be in wooded areas.
behavior As the common name implies, this species is most often seen perching on damp sand or sandbars close to water. In hot weather, the males obelisk with the abdomen held angled up from the surface of the sand. They also perch on twigs near water and fly short distance over water.
comments A dragonfly perching -- with the abdomen raised -- on sand next to a small stream will more than likely be a Common Sanddragon. Though seldom seen in large numbers in NC on a given day, it is quite widespread, with records from practically all Piedmont and Coastal Plain counties (except in the far east). The shape of the yellow markings on the dorsal side of the abdominal segments is quite unusual, almost like an inverted bell, with the wide, open end of the bell at the anterior portion of each segment.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Common Sanddragon

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

Comment: Durham Co., 2005-07-02, Males have olive-greenish eyes.
Photo by: Jeff Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Durham Co., 2003-05-30, Common Sanddragons exhibit a small basal dark spot on wings.
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Male. Durham, 2005-07-02. Eno River S.P.
Photo by: R Emmitt - Randy's website

Comment: Scotland, 2002-06-08, Sandhills Gamelands
Photo by: E. Corey

Comment: Ashe, 2007-07-12, Along banks of New River at US 221 Access, male
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-20, Tailrace below the Falls Lake dam
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-05-30, - Sandy Mush Gamelands - Bear creek access
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2011-06-05, Imaged at small stream on Buncombe/Madison County border
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2011-06-05, Imaged at small stream on Buncombe/Madison County border
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-28, imaged at Fletcher Park, on rock in sandy area small stream
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-07-15, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Edgecombe, 2013-06-21, Tar River above Princeville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-05-27, Black River
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Duplin, 2014-06-15, - Found along sandbars on the NE Cape Fear outside of Beaulaville
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2014-06-29, - Single individual spotted along New River
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Richmond; C, 2015-06-14, - Probably several dozen found along drainage from Lake McKinney and around fish hatchery.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2015-06-14, - Single male found along the embankment to Scotland Lake.
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-06-16, WRC fishing put in on Triplett Rd.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-06-20, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access to 6 km upstream
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2016-06-20, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access to 6 km upstream
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Madison, 2016-07-22, On rock in Ivy River along Forks-of-Ivy Road.
Photo by: Jeff Pippen

Comment: Durham, 2003-05-30, Note yellow along top of abdomen except on the club, and note yellow cerci. Females, like this one, have brown eyes.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-11, South River at Sloan's Bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2017-05-17, Lumber River; LURI Princess Ann Access to Fair Bluff Boating Access Area by kayak
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Wayne, 2017-05-29, - COFN, along dike of swimming lake
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Caldwell, 2017-06-04, Wilson Creek, US Forest Service access off Brown Mountain Beach Road
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: McDowell; M, 2017-06-06, at North Fork Catawba River 35.839236 -81.98814
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2017-06-13, Hollow Rock Nature Park. Along New Hope Creek downstream from the Erwin Road bridge. - 3 males, 1 female. Photo is of female.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, New River State Park (NERI), King\'s Creek Access
Photo by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.