Umber Shadowdragon - Neurocordulia obsoleta (Say, 1839)

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

Range & Habitat:

Known primarily from the Northwest although there is a record from Gloucester County.

Found along medium to large rivers. Given its crepuscular habits, it may be more common than realized.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 28 May
Late Date: 14 September

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 bit bigger than a baskettail, brown, with basal wing spots and a row of dots along the leading edge of the wing. Compare to the uncommon Stygian Shadowdragon. Usually active for about 1/2 hour around sunset and then again briefly at dawn. At other times, may be found perched quietly in the shade.


Conservation Status:
State: S1 Critically imperiled in NJ
Global: G4 Apparently secure globally