Petite Emerald - Dorocordulia lepida (Hagen in Selys, 1871)

Range & Habitat:

Relatively common on the Coastal Plain, it can also be quite common at several localities in the northwest.

Breeds in bogs and the boggy edges of lakes, often found along roads and power lines away from water.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 19 May
Late Date: 30 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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One of the "small" Emeralds, the abdomen is only slightly expanded and the cerci are nearly parallel or diverge slightly when viewed dorsally. Compare with Racket-tailed Emerald and the slightly larger American Emerald.


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