Sedge Sprite - Nehalennia irene (Hagen, 1861)

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

Range & Habitat:

Recorded in north Jersey and several counties on the coastal plain. May be overlooked elsewhere.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 15 May
Late Date: 3 August

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Tiny, with an emerald green dorsal surface to the thorax. The blue tip to the abdomen is broken by two black wedges extending dorsally onto S9.

Compare Sphagnum Sprite and Southern Sprite.

Conservation Status:
State: S4 Apparently secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range