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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2020 = 0

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Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Slaty Skimmer   Double-ringed Pennant  
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distribution Strictly coastal, though found around the inner margins of Albemarle and Pamlico sounds and along other estuarine rivers.
abundance Common, at least along the southern and central coastal areas, and around the mainland side of Pamlico Sound. Certainly less numerous around the margin of Albemarle Sound, as there are numerous counties along that "bay" without confirmed records. There are several counts of 150 or more individuals in a day, indicating that it can be locally abundant.
flight Mostly late June to early October. However, there are a few records starting from the end of April, and as late as early November.
habitat Brackish to salt marshes and other wet grasslands close to the coast.

See also Habitat Account for Salt and Brackish Marshes
behavior Both sexes perch conspicuously on twigs or other low vegetation, usually near a marsh but at times hundreds of yards from marshes.
comments This is one of only several "estuarine" dragonflies in NC, along with Four-spotted Pennant, Needham's Skimmer, and Marl Pennant. If it weren't for its habitat, males would be easily confused with Double-ringed Pennant; however, in reality only Slaty Skimmer is of possible confusion, though the skimmer is much larger. Females and immatures look vaguely like Blue Dashers and various pennants. This species is usually easily found in its restricted habitat, though it can be overlooked because of its small size.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Seaside Dragonlet

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

Comment: Pamlico, 2018-06-22, Spring Creek Waterfowl Impoundment, Goose Creek Game Lands
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2017-09-03, Everett Creek Nature Preserve
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2017-05-27, - Marshes around boat landing under the 210 bridge.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-30, - Single female ovipositing in pond in front of PKS Aquarium.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2016-07-08, Gull Rock Game Land
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2015-09-10, Soundside Access Point outside Buxton, NC; 35.270850, -75.519477 - 4 ad.males
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-08-06, Ft. Fisher - common in grass and saltmarsh around Battery Buchanan
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-06-22, salt marsh at Soundside Park, Surf City
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-12, Roanoke Island Marsh Gameland - There were incredible numbers of Seaside Dragonlets all over.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-05-17, Permuda Island
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-15, Alligator River NWR - Common in open areas in the refuge
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2010-07-28, Poplar grove plantation
Photo by: K. Bischof

Comment: Beaufort, 2010-07-04, GOCR - Obs. along the Pamlico Riverfront. Male-like form female.
Photo by: Newman, Randy

Comment: Carteret, 2004-05-12, THRO - Common in saltmarsh, juvenile spotted form female