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

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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 16
Added in 2020 from previous year = 1 (1903-07-10)

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Blue-tipped Dancer (Argia tibialis) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Blackwater Bluet   Variable Dancer   Dusky Dancer  
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distribution Statewide, though possibly absent along the extreme northeastern coastal areas. Likely found in all mountain counties, though a few in the northern mountains lack records.
abundance Common to locally very common in the Piedmont and most of the Coastal Plain; fairly common to locally common in much of the mountains. Not common in the eastern part of the Coastal Plain, but at least uncommon to fairly common, except rare to absent in the extreme northeastern counties.
flight Downstate, occurs from mid- or late April to late September (and probably later) in the Coastal Plain and to late October in the Piedmont. The mountain flight occurs between mid-May and mid-September.
habitat Small and mainly wooded creeks/streams, typically with a few riffles. Less often along rivers or larger streams without riffles. Typically closer to forested creeks than other dancers.
behavior The species is seen frequently away from water at sunny patches along trails and dirt roads.
comments This is still another dancer species that is common across most of the state and occurs in nearly all counties, but as with many, it is scarce or absent in the extreme northeastern part of the Coastal Plain. In GA, Beaton (2007) says it is "Often the most numerous dancer at any given site"; however, in NC, it shares abundance with a number of other dancer (Argia) species and does not seem quite as numerous as the Variable, Powdered, and Blue-ringed dancers.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-01-24 15:35:35

Photo Gallery for Blue-tipped Dancer   42 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: Ruby Sarkar

Comment: Wake, 2020-06-21, This damselfly was seen near Falls Lake Dam, in Raleigh. It was a hot, sunny summer afternoon. This is a mature male. There were more than one damselfly from this species at that time. They were flying over and around a small pool of water adjacent to the dam. Interestingly, they loved perching on the rocks and concrete which were lying around the water. They seemed not preferring the twigs or grasses sticking out of water surface. Or should I say they left those options open for the Stream Bluets who were more into it!?
Photo 2 by: Doug Allen

Comment: Polk; P, 2020-06-14, Caroland Farms NC section private ponds
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Sampson, 2019-05-24, Black River, from Ivanhoe Boating Access Area to 4.5 km upstream and back, by kayak.
Photo 4 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2019-05-12, Campbell University- Marshbanks Property
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-07-06, Lumber River State Park (LURI) - Chalk Banks Access
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hoke, 2018-07-06, Lumber River at Wagram Boating Access Area
Photo 7 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Cooleemee boating access
Photo 8 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Catawba, 2018-06-24, Small vegetated pond at Jacob Fork Park, Newton, 36.633532,-81.311931
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak - male
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2018-06-08, Northeast Cape Fear River at Riverside Park, Castle Hayne. Photo of female.
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2017-07-14, New River, at Henry McAllister Landing
Photo 12 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-07-08, Mallard Creek between Mallard Creek Church Rd and Harris Blvd.
Photo 13 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-28, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - Morris Trace segment; on grass near river
Photo 14 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-20, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - On paved trail around Nickajack Bridge; photo of female
Photo 15 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-20, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - Old Airport Trail section; tandem pair at Mile 1.5, above river
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2017-05-19, Shelter Creek, lower 2 km
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Richmond; C, 2017-05-15, McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery - ovipositing pairs in spillway
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-11, South River at Sloan's Bridge
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-28, Haywood Landing and Weetock Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-09-05, Waccamaw River - along 4 km stretch upstream of NC 904 bridge
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2015-08-01, Lumber River State Park, Princess Ann Access
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2015-06-19, Northeast Cape Fear River, Chinquapin Boat Access
Photo 23 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-28, Eno Riverwalk
Photo 24 by: John Petranka

Comment: Alamance, 2014-06-21, Shallow Ford Natural Area, at Haw River and along Homestead Trail - Common along trails and at Haw River
Photo 25 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2014-05-24, - Lake Waccamaw drainage
Photo 26 by: Steve Hall

Comment: Granville, 2013-05-31, Tar River near Berea, female
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Female
Photo 28 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-14, William B. Umstead State Park-east of Big Lake
Photo 29 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male
Photo 30 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-24, Sandy Mush Gamelands, Bear creek access