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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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

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Southeastern Spinyleg (Dromogomphus armatus) by John Petranka, Sally Gewalt
Compare with: Flag-tailed Spinyleg   Russet-tipped Clubtail   Two-striped Forceptail  
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distribution Limited in NC to the Sandhills and adjacent southern Coastal Plain near the SC border. NC lies at the northern edge of the species' range.
abundance Uncommon in the Sandhills; less numerous -- presumably rare to uncommon -- in the adjacent Coastal Plain (Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus counties) to the southeast. Surprisingly, all daily counts are just of one to two individuals.
flight Summer into early fall. Records occur between mid-June and mid-October; however, most are from late July to late September.
habitat Breeds in rather acidic waters of seeps, springs, small streams, etc., mainly in or near forested habitats. Presumably uses pocosin streamheads in the Sandhills.
behavior Can be seen flying along roads, trails, or brushy areas near wetlands. Perches frequently, both on the ground and on vegetation.
comments This is one of the Sandhills' most spectacular odonates. Adults are large, and the bright rusty-orange club easily draws attention. Though a handful of other clubtails flying at that season have rusty-orange clubs (such as Russet-tipped Clubtail and Two-striped Forceptail), they typically are restricted to water and seldom perch on sand roads and other places well away from water.
state_status W
S_rank S3
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G_rank G4
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Southeastern Spinyleg

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

Comment: Scotland, 2018-09-03, Scotland Lake, Sandhills Game Land - female
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Moore; C, 2017-06-11, Weymouth Woods; beats my state early record set last year
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-08-27, 1 male landed on companion
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Richmond; C, 2016-08-06, Gibson Pond (= Cuyler
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Richmond; C, 2016-08-06, Gibson Pond (= Cuyler
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Moore; C, 2016-06-13, Sandhills Community College
Photo by: ASH

Comment: Moore; C, 2007-08-08,
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Richmond; C - perched near a pond, 2004-07-24
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Richmond; C - perched near a pond, 2004-07-24
Photo by: Scott Hartley

Comment: Weymouth Woods-SNP, 2006-08-26