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Related Species in MACROMIIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 0

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Swift River Cruiser by Doug Johnston and John Petranka
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Compare with: Allegheny River Cruiser Mountain River Cruiser Royal River Cruiser
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sciName Macromia illinoiensis
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distribution Essentially statewide, but as with nearly all such species, it is absent (or essentially so) from the extreme northeastern counties. No records east of Gates, Chowan, or Beaufort counties (except for Hyde County).
abundance Fairly common and widespread in most of the Piedmont and upper Coastal Plain, including the Sandhills. Uncommon to locally fairly common in the mountains and foothills, as well as the lower Coastal Plain. Certainly the most numerous river cruiser in the mountains, Piedmont, and upper Coastal Plain (though it can be outnumbered in the Coastal Plain by the Royal River Cruiser).
flight A fairly wide flight period, from late May to mid-October downstate, and at least from early June to early September in the mountains. One very late record for 14 November.
habitat Rivers and creeks, preferably in smaller rivers as compared with large ones.
behavior Very similar to other river cruisers, it can usually be seen when adults are cruising back and forth on long patrols along dirt roads or wide trails through forests, often well away from water. Males patrol along the length of a creek or small river.
comments There are two subspecies found in NC and other Southeastern states. The subspecies M. i. georgina ("Georgia River Cruiser") is found across most of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, whereas the nominate subspecies (often called "Illinois River Cruiser") is more northern and is found in the mountains. Most sightings of river cruisers in NC refer to "Georgia", as this form is not uncommonly seen in mid- and late summer along wide trails and dirt roads through forests in the Piedmont. It has more obvious dorsal yellow spots on most abdominal segments than does the nominate subspecies and the Allegheny River Cruiser (which have a large dorsal spot on abdominal segment 7 but fewer spots otherwise on the abdomen).
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S_rank S5
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G_rank G5
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other_name Illinois River Cruiser, Georgia River Cruiser
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Swift River Cruiser

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Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hoke, 2018-09-03, Lumber River, from Wagram Boating Access Area to LURI-Chalk Banks boat ramp and back, by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-09-03, Lumber River, from Wagram Boating Access Area to LURI-Chalk Banks boat ramp and back, by kayak
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-08-04, S. Yadkin River @ Cooleemee boating access - ssp. georgina; netted, photographed, and released
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-07-21, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir; from dam to ~1000\' downstream - ssp. georgina; netted, photographed, and released
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-07-20, Pilot Mountain S.P.; river section - ssp. georgina; netted, photographed, and released
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2018-07-15, Lumber River, from Fair Bluff Boating Access Area to South Carolina line, by kayak. Georgina subspecies.
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Alleghany, 2018-07-15, New River @ SR 1345 (Farmers Fish Camp Rd.) - ssp. illinoiensis
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Ashe, 2018-06-09, S. Fork New River at SR 1308 and SR 1549\r\n - ssp. illinoiensis; 2 collected, 1 netted, photographed and released
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Ashe, 2018-06-09, S. Fork New River at SR 1308 and SR 1549\r\n - ssp. illinoiensis; 2 collected, 1 netted, photographed and released
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-06-04, my property, Holly Ridge - female georgina with atypical broken ring on S2
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Surry, 2018-06-03, Pilot Mountain State Park, River Section - ssp. georgina; 1 netted & photographed
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Bladen, 2017-09-23, William O. Huske Lock and Dam, Cape Fear R; 34.8349, -78.8252 - ssp. georgina
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-09-08, Northeast Cape Fear River at Chinquapin Boating Access Area. Photo of female georgina.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-09-04, Northeast Cape Fear River, from Chinquapin Boating Access Area to 4.25 km upstream by kayak - georgina subspecies
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-08-05, Morris Trace portion of Little Tennessee River Greenway, Franklin - subspecies illinoiensis, cruising paved trail
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Harnett; C, 2017-07-21, Cape Fear River, Erwin. From NC 217 bridge to 2 km upstream, by kayak.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-28, - Lake Waccamaw. Patrolling lower lake, parking lot and downstream from spillway.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-20, - Jones Lake. One female along trail between adjacent bays.
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Yadkin, 2016-09-05, Yadkin River at Shallowford Road. Yadkin County side of river. Subspecies georgina. Males. Flight and perched photos.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-08-27, Lumber River, between Boardman Boating Access and Lumber River State Park Princess Ann Access. Georgia subspecies
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Iredell, 2015-08-15, Allison Woods. Georgia subspecies
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-07-11, Shelter Creek by kayak, from confluence with NE Cape Fear River to about 2 km upstream - Georgia subspecies; female being eaten by a fishing spider
Photo by: Timothy Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2013-08-06, French Broad River, Alexander. Illinois subspecies
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2012-07-30, Fletcher Park, Fletcher - Georgia subspecies
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-07-29, Illinois subspecies
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Ali Iyoob

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-29, Georgia subspecies
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-07-15, Sandy Mush Gamelands - Georgia subspecies. Photographed in wheel
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-09-11, Netted in Yard, north Asheville - Male. Illinois subspecies
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-09-11, Netted in Yard, north Asheville - Male. Illinois subspecies
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-09-10, Beaver Lake, Asheville. Georgia subspecies
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-09-10, Beaver Lake, Asheville. Georgia subspecies
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Halifax, 2009-07-14, MEMO. Georgia subspecies