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Black-shouldered Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spinosus) by Mark Shields
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distribution Nearly statewide, though of spotty occurrence at both ends. Apparently absent from the extreme eastern counties (no records east of Gates, Bertie, Beaufort, and Jones counties). Also, there are records for only two-thirds of the mountain counties.
abundance Common over the Piedmont; fairly common in the upper Coastal Plain, and uncommon in the mountains. Much less numerous in the eastern Coastal Plain. This is one of the more numerous of the clubtails in the state, particularly in the Piedmont.
flight Fairly wide spread of flight dates for a clubtail -- early May to early October in the Piedmont. Probably the same flight period in the Coastal Plain, though dates only span from mid-May to mid-September. The mountain flight occurs from mid-May to mid-September.
habitat Widespread choice of breeding habitats, from rivers and streams, to lakes and ponds. More tolerant of disturbed habitats than most clubtails.
behavior One of the more conspicuous or easily seen clubtails in NC (along with Lancet and Ashy clubtails). Adults frequently perch flat on the ground on sunny trails, dirt roads, or vegetation, where they can be easily studied. One does not have to head for a pond, large creek, or river to see this species.
comments This is a large and striking dragonfly. Immatures and adult females have conspicuous yellow sides to the thorax, whereas the adult males are more lime green on the sides of the thorax. The very thick black "shoulders" at the front of the thorax are clinching marks. Also, as the common name indicates, the spinylegs indeed have spiny projections on the very long pair of hind legs.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Black-shouldered Spinyleg

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

Comment: Montgomery, 2018-08-25, Uwharrie River @ Low Water Bridge
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-08-06, Yadkin River at NC 67
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-07-21, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir; from dam to ~1000\' downstream
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Yadkin, 2018-07-20, Pilot Mountain S.P.; river section
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2018-07-15, Lumber River, from Fair Bluff Boating Access Area to South Carolina line, by kayak
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Surry, 2018-07-11, Yadkin River @ Crater Park; Elkin, NC
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Pender, 2018-07-09, Holly Shelter boat launch off Shaw Highway - unusually dark male
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Rowan, 2018-07-07, Bullhole River Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-07-06, Lumber River State Park (LURI) - Chalk Banks Access
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: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-02, Tanglewood Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Lake Glenville at Powerhouse Access Area - First record for county.
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Janie Owens, Gail Lankford

Comment: Madison, 2017-09-19, River Road, north of Hot Springs 35.92085° -82.87313° - Female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-07-30, Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam #1
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Harnett; P, 2017-07-29, - RARO - Campell Creek
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: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-07-01, Morris Trace portion of Little Tennessee River Greenway, Franklin - Resting on asphalt of trail.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2017-06-24, - 2 males and 1 female along the Trent River
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-14, Along Jarrett Creek at junction with Rainbow Springs Rd.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2017-06-13, Hollow Rock Nature Park. Along New Hope Creek downstream from the Erwin Road bridge. - Male.
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2016-08-14, old logging road along Santeetlah running downstream from FS 81
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2016-06-20, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access to 6 km upstream
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-09-05, Waccamaw River - along 4 km stretch upstream of NC 904 bridge
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2013-07-23, Cane Creek Park (Union County)
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Lake Santeetlah north of Robbinsville - Male
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Ali Iyoob

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-29, - Photographed several and sighted several
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-20, Tailrace below the Falls Lake dam
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-28, imaged at Fletcher Park, on rock small stream
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-28, imaged at Fletcher Park, on rock small stream
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Madison, 2010-07-11, South madison county. SandyMush creek
Photo by: Deb O'Neill

Comment: Watauga, 2010-06-23,
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-06-06, - Sandy Mush gamelands
Photo by: Lori Owenby, Alisha Hayes

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-20, Riverbend Park - on trail near main creek
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2006-07-09, male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes County (P), 2006-06-30, immature female
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2005-07-04, immature female
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Orange, 2004-05-29. Duke Forest