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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 9
Added in 2020 from previous years = 3 (2019-08-01) (2019-08-03) (2019-08-15)

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Two-striped Forceptail (Aphylla williamsoni) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Russet-tipped Clubtail   Southeastern Spinyleg  
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distribution Formerly (prior to 2005), mainly just the lower half of the Coastal Plain. However, in the past handful of years the range is expanding westward rapidly, west currently to Durham, Chatham, and Lincoln counties. Thus, now it is scattered over nearly all of the Coastal Plain and the southeastern Piedmont. Beaton (2007) states that in GA it is "rare above [the Fall Line] but expanding into the middle Piedmont". It is certainly expanding its range inland (westward) in NC, as well; Cuyler never collected the species farther west than Pitt and Pender counties.
abundance Clearly increasing in recent years. Formerly scarce (rare to uncommon) and limited almost solely to the Tidewater counties. Now it occurs essentially throughout the Coastal Plain and southeastern Piedmont, where uncommon and a bit local, but formerly it was nearly absent in these areas. In fact, the species has been recorded now at a handful of lakes and ponds in Wake County alone, and two of our highest three one-day counts have been in Union County.
flight In the Coastal Plain, present from mid-June to early September. The now many records from the Piedmont fall from late June to early September.
habitat Vicinity of ponds and lakes, as well as canals, especially muck- or peat-bottom ones. These waters can be somewhat disturbed and not "high-quality".
behavior May perch on the ground near a pond, or on vegetation around a pond. Most often seen at ponds and small lakes.
comments Because Cuyler never collected the species in NC farther inland than Hertford, Bertie, and Pitt counties, it is certain that these farther western records represent a recent inland expansion of the range. The range is still spotty, in that there are a number of Wake County records but very few from the Sandhills or the adjacent counties to the east (e.g., Robeson, Sampson, etc.). There is also a near lack of recent records for the northeastern counties (east of Gates, Bertie, and Craven), though a 2020 record came from coastal Currituck County. A number of records have been made from canoes and kayaks, on large ponds and lakes, less so along rivers.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-08-11 09:15:47

Photo Gallery for Two-striped Forceptail   36 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Jan Hansen

Comment: Chatham, 2020-08-13, Buckhorn Road power line cut near Buckhorn Creek
Photo 2 by: Alex Worm

Comment: Bladen, 2020-07-27, Jones Lake SP at the swimming beach. Originally posted on iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54521098 - Male.
Photo 3 by: Una Davenhill

Comment: Currituck, 2020-07-26, Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
Photo 4 by: C. Taunton

Comment: Wake, 2020-07-12, NCMA
Photo 5 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Chatham, 2020-07-05, Jordan Lake--Overcup Creek marsh
Photo 6 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Chatham, 2020-07-05, Jordan Lake--interface between Bush Creek marsh and the lake
Photo 7 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Durham, 2019-08-15, Discovery Lake (EPA/NIH campus in RTP). Continuing male on same patch of territory.
Photo 8 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Bertie, 2019-08-04, SACR
Photo 9 by: Mike Kosiewski

Comment: Currituck, 2019-08-03, MacKay Island NWR. iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/30201918 - Male.
Photo 10 by: Parker Backstrom

Comment: Moore; C, 2019-06-15, Moore County [Aphylla williamsoni] 1 photographed on 2019-06-15, Weymouth Woods SNP (Backstrom)
Photo 11 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Pender, 2018-08-25, Along Northeast Cape Fear River at Holly Shelter Boating Access. - Female.
Photo 12 by: Robert Gilson

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2018-07-04, Chris Talkington
Photo 13 by: Robert Gilson

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2018-07-04, Chris Talkington
Photo 14 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Edgecombe, 2017-08-04, Tarboro, NC; Etheridge Pond; 35.8699, -77.5279 - ad.male
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 16 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Lee, 2017-07-29, - Watson Lake in Broadway
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2017-07-14, New River, from confluence of Blue Creek to 6 km upstream, by kayak - most were perched in mats of alligator weed. First record for county.
Photo 18 by: George Andrews

Comment: Lincoln, 2017-07-12, Catawba River, 1.25 miles south of Cowan's Ford Dam, west bank - Female, plucked from river
Photo 19 by: George Andrews

Comment: Lincoln, 2017-07-12, Catawba River, 1.25 miles south of Cowan's Ford Dam, west bank - Female, plucked from river
Photo 20 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: New Hanover, 2016-09-04, - Male along the shores of Sutton Lake.
Photo 21 by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Brunswick, 2016-07-19, Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point
Photo 22 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Wayne, 2016-07-17, - Male spotted at Cliffs of the Neuse state park
Photo 23 by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Brunswick, 2016-06-28, Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point
Photo 24 by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Brunswick, 2016-06-28, Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point
Photo 25 by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2015-06-30, River Park North
Photo 26 by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2014-07-16, Cane Creek Park lake - Pic of obelisking male
Photo 27 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2014-07-13, MEMI
Photo 28 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2014-07-13, MEMI
Photo 29 by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2014-06-30, Cane Creek Park lake - Lakeside at power line clearing.
Photo 30 by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2013-09-02, - Marsh NE area of lake.