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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Phantom Darner (Triacanthagyna trifida) by Paul Hueber. 2009-10-11 Orange County, FL
Compare with: Swamp Darner   Regal Darner  
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distribution The southeastern corner of the state only; ranging north to Craven County and inland to Robeson County.
abundance Apparently rare; known from just four counties. However, as it is crepuscular, special effort must be made to see it. Thus, its true abundance would be difficult to determine.
flight Perhaps the latest flying odonate in NC -- in terms of flight period, with the flight likely only in October and November; the only NC date available is 26 October. The flight in GA is early October to mid-December.
habitat Small wooded pools, typically near rivers, in heavily forested areas.

See also Habitat Account for Coastal Plain Wet-Hydric Floodplains
behavior The species flies only in fairly dark conditions, typically the last two hours of daylight, or on very dark, cloudy days.
comments The species has a very thin abdomen and should be readily distinguished by shape if seen well, a rare circumstance in NC. Its very late flight season, plus crepuscular habits, means that a biologist is unlikely to see the species during casual field work, without a special effort directed just for it. Because there are no recent records, and it has been recorded from just four counties, the NC Natural Heritage Program has deemed it worthy of tracking (as of fall 2010) as a Significantly Rare species. The NC Rank was moved from S2? to S1? in November 2012, to highlight the lack of recent records.
state_status SR
S_rank S1?
G_rank G5
Species account update: LeGrand

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