Stream Cruiser - Didymops transversa (Say, 1839)

Range & Habitat:

Found throughout most of the state. Not found (or not recorded yet?) in Cape May and Atlantic counties.

Patrols slow streams, but also (maybe even more commonly) is seen flying near the shore of lakes and ponds; why ain't it called Pond Cruiser?

Flight Season:
Early Date: 22 April
Late Date: 13 August

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Brown with a single whitish thoracic stripe and whitish abdominal markings. Males have a clubbed tail and white claspers but unlike the pond clubtails which are often found nearby, it is brown and seldom perches on the shoreline.


Conservation Status:
State: S5 Demonstrably secure in the state
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range