Found locally throughout the coastal plain. The Passaic County record, published in 1913, needs confirmation.
Found most commonly in wooded grassy seeps and boggy areas where it may perch on the ground like a dancer or on stems and leaves more like a bluet.
Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.
Small for a dancer, it resembles a medium sized bluet. Heavy black thoracic stripes and the black top of the head, coupled with its habitat, rule out most bluets.
The NJDEP's Natural Heritage
Program classifies and tracks rare species of odonates in New
Jersey to help prioritize conservation efforts and NJOS strongly
supports their efforts. They use standardized state and global rankings that were
developed by the Nature Conservancy and NatureServe. See below for the full definition of the ranks that
are used in this site.
The NJDEP Natural Heritage Program maintains
its own web site with information on their on-going programs and data on many other animals and plants. Click
explore their site but please, come back soon!
Following are the State element ranks used in tracking NJ odes
(and other organisms as well). Click
here for the Global ranks which
are also displayed in our database.
NJOS note: Definitions for element ranks are after The Nature
Conservancy (1982: Chapter 4, 4.1-1 through 22.214.171.124-3).