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Related Species in CORDULIIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 80

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Common Baskettail by Mark Shields
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Compare with: Epitheca costalis Epitheca semiaquea Epitheca spinosa
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sciName Epitheca cynosura
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Common Baskettail
distribution Statewide; undoubtedly occurs in every NC county, including those along the immediate coast.
abundance Common to occasionally abundant across the state. Often the most numerous species seen on an outing in the spring season. Dozens can sometimes be seen in a day.
flight Spring/early summer season only; mid-March to late June or early July downstate, and to early August in the mountains (where the flight begins in late March). It is infrequent downstate after the end of May.
habitat Mainly at still or slow-moving water of ponds, lakes, and pools; rarely at slow creeks and rivers.
behavior Males are often seen flying low over pools and ponds, perching quite frequently along the margins. Away from water, adults range widely to woodland margins, sunny roads and trails, and so forth, where they perch unwarily on twigs or other low vegetation and thus can be studied closely.
comments Identification of most baskettails (except Prince) can be tricky, as some Mantleds, most Slender, and especially Robust baskettails closely resemble the Common Baskettail. In fact, there is probably no single field mark that might identify a dragonfly as a Common; a suite of marks, such as abdomen shape, abdomen width, and wing coloration must be used. Nonetheless, observers will quickly tire of seeing this species in spring, in hopes of finding less numerous baskettails, darners, and skimmers.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Common Baskettail

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

Comment: Ashe County, 2005-05-30, male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes County (P), 2006-05-01, mated
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Forsyth, 2009-04-09, Bethabara, Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-04-19, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2012-03-30, Fletcher Park - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-12, Along French Broad River - Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2013-04-23, Cape fear river, Holly shelter game land
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2015-04-27, old logging road near FS 81 bridge over Big Santeetlah Creek
Photo by: Jason Love

Comment: Macon, 2015-05-16, Netted in backyard - Netted, photo, released
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-03-22, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-03-22, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-04-10, Halyburton Park, Wilmington
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-04, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest - female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-11, Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Camden, 2017-04-14, Dismal Swamp State Park (DISW)
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Gates, 2017-04-14, Merchants Millpond State park (MEMI)
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Burke; M, 2017-05-16, Heavily vegetated pond near Jonas Ridge.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, Little Glade Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Brunswick, 2018-04-02, Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve Nature Trail
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Columbus, 2018-04-02, Lake Waccamaw State Park (LAWA)
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Hoke, 2018-04-05, Wagram Boating Access Area, Lumber River - female
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2018-04-05, Lumber River State Park (LURI) Chalk Banks
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Moore; C, 2018-04-05, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (WEWO)
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips, and Cathy Songer

Comment: Robeson, 2018-04-06, Lumber River State Park (LURI) Princess Ann Access
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Northampton, 2018-04-14, Northampton Nature Trail, Jackson
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2018-04-28, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge - canal at end of Buffalo City Road
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell, 2018-04-28, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Montgomery, 2018-04-29, Uwharrie River @ Low Water Bridge - ad.female with eggs
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chatham, 2018-05-05, White Pines Nature Preserve - males patrolling along edge of Rocky River
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - around ponds near park office