American Emerald - Cordulia shurtleffi (Scudder, 1866)

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

Range & Habitat:

Locally common in the northwest where it inhabits a variety of boggy habitats.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 12 May
Late Date: 3 July

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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A small stocky Emerald with a moderately clubbed abdomen. Compare with two smaller Emeralds: Petite Emerald (no club) and the Racket-tailed Emerald (obvious club). The cerci are divergent and somewhat hairy, although not as much as the larger Brush-tipped Emerald and Williamson's Emerald.


Conservation Status:
State: S2 Imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range