Ranges throughout the state.
Most often found patrolling at or above head height along wooded paths and hedgerows, usually not at water. Females visit boggy spots and rotting logs along the edge of small ponds and even puddles.
Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.
Huge. The size makes it almost unmistakable, but just in case, the blue eyes, prominent green thoracic stripes and brown abdomen ringed in green should remove all doubt.
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 184.108.40.206-3).