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Southward sesiid - Synanthedon proxima

Southward sesiid - Synanthedon proxima
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Highland County, Virginia, USA
June 12, 2017
This critter was so far south of all of the other Guide and iNat records that I hesitated on the ID at first, but William Taft confirmed my suspicions via iNat. Also, reading a couple of the citations from this species' Info tab, I discovered that Edwards (1881) had collected them all the way down to northern Florida! So, are we overlooking this species in the southern end of its distribution? Or did I find a high-altitude relict population of a once more widespread critter, perhaps reacting to climate change by withdrawing/disappearing from the southern part of its range?

Observed during a field trip of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas annual meeting.