Records are scattered throughout the state and it should be looked for in the counties without records.
Usually found in the afternoon in late summer patrolling low along the edges of ponds and lakes, most often with emergent vegetation.
Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.
The thoracic pattern is distinctive, with large broken spots of yellow, blue & green.
The NJDEP's Natural Heritage
Program classifies and tracks rare species of odonates in New
Jersey to help prioritize conservation efforts and NJOS strongly
supports their efforts. They use standardized state and global rankings that were
developed by the Nature Conservancy and NatureServe. See below for the full definition of the ranks that
are used in this site.
The NJDEP Natural Heritage Program maintains
its own web site with information on their on-going programs and data on many other animals and plants. Click
explore their site but please, come back soon!
Following are the State element ranks used in tracking NJ odes
(and other organisms as well). Click
here for the Global ranks which
are also displayed in our database.
NJOS note: Definitions for element ranks are after The Nature
Conservancy (1982: Chapter 4, 4.1-1 through 18.104.22.168-3).