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

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Smoky Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia molesta) by Kyle Kittelberger
Compare with: Alabama Shadowdragon   Umber Shadowdragon   Stygian Shadowdragon   Cinnamon Shadowdragon  
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distribution Scattered in the western half of the Coastal Plain, north to Edgecombe County; range barely extends into the adjacent Piedmont (Wake and Warren counties). Range extends eastward only to Edgecombe, Lenoir, and Bladen counties; but it also occurs in the Sandhills region. Though the bulk of the range lies west of the state in the Mississippi drainage, the species appears to be practically absent from the mountains and Piedmont of NC.
abundance Secretive and difficult to survey (as are all shadowdragons), but seemingly less numerous than two shadowdragons (Alabama and Umber) within its NC range. Probably rare to locally uncommon.
flight Probably May into July. The NC dates available fall between 21 May and 6 July. A number of records were made in Wake County in the last 20 days of June 2010.
habitat Occurs at larger bodies of water than does Alabama Shadowdragon -- rivers and larger creeks.
behavior As with all shadowdragons, Smoky Shadowdragons remain motionless, hanging from twigs and leaves in the forest shade during the day, and fly over water for only the last hour of daylight, with most activity right at dusk.
comments The slightly smoky color of the wings, along with olive-green eyes, separates this species from the other shadowdragons. As with the other shadowdragons in NC, one must make a concerted effort in the last hour of daylight to see this species, and a net would be essential for identification in the poor light conditions when they are flying. On the other hand, Paul Scharf serendipitously found one on his lighted moth sheet in Warren County in 2016; his photos are uploaded on the OdonataCentral website. Though the species might not be rare in NC, there are records for just 10 counties, and thus the NC Natural Heritage Program has placed the species on its Watch List, in 2012. (One of the previous county records has been determined by our website editors to not be a Smoky Shadowdragon.)
state_status W
S_rank S3?
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G_rank G4
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Smoky Shadowdragon

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Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Warren, 2016-07-06, Hubquarter Creek near Lake Gaston; OdonataCentral photo - collected at lighted moth sheet
Photo by: Paul Scharf

Comment: Warren, 2016-07-06, Hubquarter Creek near Lake Gaston; OdonataCentral photo - collected at lighted moth sheet
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Wake, 2010-06-22. Neuse River, beneath Falls Dam