Racket-tailed Emerald - Dorocordulia libera (Selys, 1871)

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

Range & Habitat:

Fairly common in the northern tier of counties where it is found sympatrically with the Petite Emerald and the American Emerald.

It typically inhabits bogs and the boggy fringes of lakes and ponds.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 24 May
Late Date: 10 August

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 Emerald with a strongly clubbed tail. The cerci are strongly convergent when viewed dorsally. Even females have a larger club than the similar Petite Emerald.

Also compare the larger American Emerald.

Conservation Status:
State: S2S3 Rare to imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range