Southern Sprite - Nehalennia integricollis (Calvert, 1913)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Occurs throughout the coastal plain.

Usually found at the edges of grassy ponds.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 8 June
Late Date: 11 August

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

Male Oblique - Photo by Jim Bangma
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A tiny iridescent damselfly, males have blue on S9&10, the blue on S9 has two dark basal spots. Females are similar, with the blue of S10 usually restricted to the front half.

Compare to Sedge Sprite and Sphagnum Sprite.

Conservation Status:
State: S2S3 Rare to imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range