Dragonflies in North Carolina

With its diverse geographical regions, including mountains, piedmonts, coastal plains, sandhills, and tidewater, North Carolina offers ample opportunities to watch dragonflies. The dragonfly species living here come in a wide range of colors and sizes, and they can be found throughout the state near ponds, lakes, small streams, and large rivers.

Types of Dragonflies in North Carolina

  • Gray Petaltail
  • Shadow Darner
  • Common Green Darner
  • Comet Darner
  • Springtime Darner
  • Swamp Darner
  • Harlequin Darner
  • Black-shouldered Spinyleg
  • Lancet Clubtail
  • Splendid Clubtail
  • Ashy Clubtail
  • Sable Clubtail
  • Septima’s Clubtail
  • Cobra Clubtail
  • Green-faced Clubtail
  • Dragonhunter
  • Southern Pygmy Clubtail
  • Brook Snaketail
  • Pygmy Snaketail
  • Rusty Snaketail
  • Common Sanddragon
  • Brown Spiketail
  • Arrowhead Spiketail
  • Stream Cruiser
  • Georgia River Cruiser
  • Royal River Cruiser
  • Common Baskettail
  • Prince Baskettail
  • Mantled Baskettail
  • Selys’s Sundragon
  • Uhler’s Sundragon
  • Stygian Shadowdragon
  • Mocha Emerald
  • Four-spotted Pennant
  • Red-veined Pennant
  • Calico Pennant
  • Banded Pennant
  • Faded Pennant
  • Swift Setwing
  • Eastern Pondhawk
  • Seaside Dragonlet
  • Little Blue Dragonlet
  • Golden-winged Skimmer
  • Bar-winged Skimmer
  • Spangled Skimmer
  • Blue Corporal
  • Yellow-sided Skimmer
  • Slaty Skimmer
  • Widow Skimmer
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Common Whitetail
  • Needham’s Skimmer
  • Painted Skimmer
  • Great Blue Skimmer
  • Marl Pennant
  • Elfin Skimmer
  • Blue Dasher
  • Wandering Glider
  • Spot-winged Glider
  • Eastern Amberwing
  • Blue-faced Meadowhawk
  • Autumn Meadowhawk
  • Carolina Saddlebags