The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 19
Added in 2020 from previous years = 5 (1903-06-09) (1903-06-11) (1903-06-18) (1932-08-22) (1940-06-13)

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Golden-winged Skimmer (Libellula auripennis) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Needham's Skimmer  
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distribution Nearly statewide, though seemingly absent in the higher elevations in the mountains, and of spotty occurrence in the mountains and the western two-thirds of the Piedmont.
abundance Common in the Coastal Plain; uncommon to fairly common along the eastern edge of the Piedmont, but mostly uncommon in the Piedmont. Rare in the lower mountains.
flight The flight is from mid-May (and very late April in the Coastal Plain) to early October, sparingly into November, downstate. The mountain flight records are too few to suggest that the flight truly ends by mid-July; it ought to extend into September.
habitat Ponds, lakes, marshes, ditches -- typically in open/sunny places.

See also Habitat Account for General Beaver Ponds and Semi-natural Impoundments
behavior Males perch conspicuously on perches such as twigs around a pond or lake shore and make patrols over the water. They are quite wary at the water. Adults frequently forage in fields, powerline clearings, savannas, and other open or semi-open areas well away from water.
comments Males are one of more beautiful dragonflies, with their scarlet-orange abdomen and wing veins. However, care must be taken to identify adult males, and especially females and immatures, from the closely related Needham's Skimmer, which is limited to brackish waters, though both species can occur in the same areas (up to a few miles from tidal water).
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Species account update: LeGrand1234

Photo Gallery for Golden-winged Skimmer   28 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2020-06-04, in my back yard, flying with 2 Common Whitetails, ground level birdbath only water nearby
Photo 2 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2020-06-04, in my back yard, flying with 2 Common Whitetails, ground level birdbath only water nearby
Photo 3 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Bladen, 2020-05-08, South River at Sloan's Bridge Boating Access Area
Photo 4 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Craven, 2018-09-01, Croatan N.F., powerline ROW at intersection of Catfish Lake Rd. and Little Rd.
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, Currituck Community Park, near Maple - First record for county
Photo 6 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-22, Pond at Dan River Campground. End of Webster road, east of Mayodan. - 2 males, 1 teneral female.
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 8 by: R Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2017-07-16, Duke Forest near gate 23 - male
Photo 9 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2017-06-21, MEMI. Yellow vein at leading edge of wings indicative of female.
Photo 10 by: John Petranka

Comment: Richmond; C, 2017-05-27, Gum Swamp Lake around the outfall, Sandhills Game Land. - Pair in wheel.
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, 17 Frog Pond, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-05-02, limesink ponds at Carolina Beach State Park (CABE)
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-05-14, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-09-01, Holly Shelter Game Land
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-08-01, Lake Waccamaw State Park
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Boiling Spring Lakes - 1 at Spring Lake Park, 3 at North Lake Park
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake)
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2015-07-01, Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 19 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Scuppermong Interpretive Boardwalk
Photo 20 by: Tim Deering

Comment: Watauga, 2015-05-28, Bass Lake
Photo 21 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2014-06-07, Occoneechee Mountain
Photo 22 by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-07-08, Beatty Park from 05:30 - 07:30 PM. Skies 60/40 clear/cloud, temp. 85. 85
Photo 23 by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Westfeldt Park, Northern Henderson County - Male
Photo 24 by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Westfeldt Park, Northern Henderson County - Male
Photo 25 by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Westfeldt Park, Northern Henderson County - Male
Photo 26 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-05-30, - Sandy Mush Gamelands - Bear Creek access
Photo 27 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2008-06-27, Blue Ridge Parkway - Male
Photo 28 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Burke; M, 2008-05-01, South Mountains State Park