The Delicate Emerald is a very slender Somatochlora, striped Emerald, with small brown patches at the base of the wings. This is the only Somatochlora with this type of wing patterns in Minnesota or Wisconsin, although there are some other species with similar markings found in northern Canada
Not usually found close to open water Delicate Emerald males patrol 3 to 4 feet over grasses, sedges and brush, often stopping to hover. They frequently join mixed species swarms to hunt flying insects over roads, trails, and other open edges. This is a rare species in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Spring-fed mossy and sedge-filled fens.
Females lay eggs by dipping their abdomen at an angle into wet moss or tiny pools, often filled with vegetation
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