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These dragons can be fairly common and are statewide in distribution in NC.
Really beautiful dragonfly, I see these a lot in Virginia Beach, never knew what their true name was.
Thank you so much for the correction. Based on the head shape and thorax coloring, I believe you are right that it is a Golden-winged Skimmer.
Hey Chuck! Eastern Amberwings are very small dragonflies. This dragonfly is either a Needham's Skimmer or Golden-winged Skimmer. According to Richard Orr, well-known mid-Atlantic Odonata expert, a good rule of thumb is if you spotted the red dragon along the Atlantic Coastal Plain then it's a Needham's.
Lat: 36.37, Long: -75.83
Spotted on Jul 3, 2012 Submitted on Jul 5, 2012