Sphagnum Sprite - Nehalennia gracilis (Morse, 1895)

Range & Habitat:

Found locally throughout the state.

Most common in bogs and fens.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 11 May
Late Date: 2 September

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma

Tiny. The thorax is emerald green dorsally and blue ventrally. The tip of the abdomen (S8,9 & 10) is solidly blue.

Compare Sedge Sprite and Southern Sprite.

Conservation Status:
State: S4S5 Apparently to demonstrably secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range