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Related Species in CORDULIIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 72

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Prince Baskettail by Mark Shields
Distinctive
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sciName Epitheca princeps
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distribution Statewide; presumably occurs in all 100 counties. A few coastal counties lack a record, and probably absent on the Outer Banks.
abundance Fairly common to common essentially statewide, seemingly somewhat more numerous in the Piedmont than in the mountains or Coastal Plain. Rare toward the coast, and likely absent on the Outer Banks. Does not occur in swarms like a few other baskettails (Common and Mantled).
flight A long flight period compared with other baskettails, and the only baskettail species that extends through the summer into early autumn. In the Coastal Plain, the flight occurs from late April to late September; in the Piedmont, from early May to mid-October (though scarce after August); and in the mountains, from late May to mid-September.
habitat Slow-moving waters of lakes and ponds, or still rivers. Usually in open, sunny places.
behavior Males are often seen making long back-and-forth flights along canals, pond and lake shores, etc., in sunny areas well away from forests. Unlike the other baskettails, this species only infrequently perches.
comments It is surprising that this species is included with the other four NC baskettails in the same genus (Epitheca), as the Prince Baskettail looks and behaves more like a species of darner or skimmer than a typical baskettail. The wings are boldly blotched in black, and the adults glide and fly in a choppy manner, with wings often held above the horizontal, for long periods of time. As they only infrequently perch, one normally makes the identification (easily) in flight.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Prince Baskettail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Avery, 2018-07-29, Mill pond on the Elk River; Banner Elk, NC
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-07-06, Pee Dee River; 2 km stretch upstream from Diggs Tract Access, by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-07-06, Pee Dee River; 2 km stretch upstream from Diggs Tract Access, by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Lake Glenville at Powerhouse Access Area - First record for county.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple. First record for county.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2018-06-01, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
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: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Polk; P, 2017-06-02, Lake Adger at Marina and Public Boat Launch
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-05-27, Northeast Cape Fear River between Chinquapin Boat Access and Wayne\'s Landing Boat Access, by kayak
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2017-05-27, - Cowhorn Creek Landing. One female perched near where we were and one male patrolling
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-26, South River at Sloan\'s Bridge Boating Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-07-22, Lake Waccamaw, southern end between dam and pier
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Martin, 2016-06-19, Roanoke River at Astoria Landing Public Fishing Access, Jamesville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-06-04, White Oak River between Quarry lakes and Dixon Field Landing
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-08-09, Black River by kayak, between NC 53/11 bridge and Hunts Bluff Wildlife ramp
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2015-08-01, Lumber River State Park, Princess Ann Access
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2014-06-29, Cane Creek Park lake
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2014-06-15, - Several specimens seen flying, on dead specimen found in tact in the grill of my car.
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Lake Santeetlah north of Robbinsville - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2012-06-15, North of Hot Springs on River Road-French Broad River - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2012-06-15, North of Hot Springs on River Road-French Broad River - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-10, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-10, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College - Female with eggs, imaged same "F" two different angles
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College - Female with eggs, imaged same "F" two different angles
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Halifax, 2009-07-14, MEMO-mature males have green eyes.
Photo by: Signa Williams

Comment: Gates, 2005-07-03, MEMI - Pair in wheel
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe Co., 2006-06-15, female