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Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa) by Mark Shields
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distribution Essentially statewide, but of spotty occurrence in the mountains (with only 11 county records). Also, scarce along the extreme northeastern coastal areas (where most dragonfly species are also scarce to absent).
abundance Fairly common to common, and very widespread, across the Piedmont and at least the western half of the Coastal Plain. Uncommon in the lower Coastal Plain, and rare to uncommon in the mountains.
flight Mid-March to mid-July, though primarily in the spring (i.e., mainly in April and May). There are a few records well into August and early September, but the flight is generally over in July. The flight in the mountains starts in early April.
habitat A wide variety of creeks and rivers (though typically smaller rivers); rarely at lakes.
behavior Males patrol back and forth across streams. Adults are more often seen flying and perched well away from water, along dirt roads, sunny trails, and edges. They perch obliquely on twigs and other vegetation low to the ground, as do spiketails and darners (with which they often fly).
comments Other than another Didymops species in Florida, this is the only member of its genus in most of the United States. Though unique from that standpoint, at a casual glance it could be confused with some darners, spiketails, or river cruisers. However, it is easily separated from all but river cruisers by its single yellow band on the side of the thorax, its yellow facial bar, and single yellow spots (not paired) on the top of the abdominal segments. The river cruisers have green (or brighter green) eyes and are blacker on the abdomen (not so brown), they fly later in summer, and they seldom perch near the ground. The Stream Cruiser is reasonably unwary, often allowing close study while perched obliquely on a twig.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Stream Cruiser

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Burke; M, 2019-05-21, Linville River at Linville Falls Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway. - Male.
Photo by: Charles K. Smith

Comment: Jackson, 2019-05-14, Panthertown Valley, along Mac's Gap Trail ca. 50 meters southeast of its junction with Granny Burrell Falls Trail. - Female.
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Montgomery, 2019-04-22, Uwharrie River downstream from mouth of Moccasin Creek
Photo by: John Petranka, Mark Shields

Comment: Orange, 2019-04-18, Eno River State Park (ENRI) Cole Mill Section. Along powerline corridor SW of Old Cole Mill Rd. - Both sexes including one mating pair.
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Wayne, 2019-04-15, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park (CLNE) - female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chatham, 2018-05-05, White Pines Nature Preserve - males foraging over trail along Rocky River
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-04-13, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Scotland, 2018-04-04, Lumber River State Park (LURI), Chalk Banks Access. - Males.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2018-04-03, Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing, Croatan National Forest - female
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Watauga, 2017-05-17, Trout Lake, Julian Price Park, Blue Ridge Parkway. - Males.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-04-16, South River at Ennis Bridge Road bridge
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Robeson, 2017-04-12, at WRC put in on river 34.591680, -78.983892
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Robeson, 2017-04-12, at WRC put in on river 34.591680, -78.983892
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo by: G. Schneider

Comment: Iredell, 2017-04-11, LANO - Walk on the connector trail from Lakeshore Trail to the Group Camp
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-04-02, Six-mile Creek Greenway - Late in day, cruising small clearing and frequently engaging in territorial dispute.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Sampson, 2017-03-25, South River
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2015-05-02, old logging road near FS 81 bridge over Big Santeetlah Creek
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Wake, 2014-04-12,
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-04-27, Lake Raleigh
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Franklin, 2013-04-17, Tar River below Louisburg
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2012-04-08, Riverbend Park - Perching along trail near creek (two separate locations)
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-04-05, Sandy Mush gamelands northern Buncombe County - Male
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2012-03-14, retention pond, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2012-03-14, retention pond, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-10, also imaged a few days prior by Virginia Senechal, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-10, also imaged a few days prior by Virginia Senechal, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Madison, 2011-05-06, French Broad River
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2011-04-14, - Cape Fear river boat launch area by Holly Shelter Gamelands
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2011-04-11, Seen along sunny trail near creek at Riverbend Park
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2010-06-13, SandyMush gamelands, By Sandy Mush creek
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2007-09-09, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, female
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Graham, 2007-05-06, Joyce Kilmer area
Photo by: Jeff Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Durham Co., 2005-05-01, male
Photo by: Paul Hart

Comment: Harnett; P, 2004-03-25, RARO - Teneral male.