The Forcipate Emerald is a medium sized Somatochlora, striped Emerald, with two equal sized, pale yellow, oval dots on the thorax and small side spots on a dark abdomen. It gets its common name from the forceps shaped claspers of the males
Males patrol by flying up and down along the stream right above the water to a few feet above. Foraging typically takes place 6 to 10 feet above roads, trail or other openings. When not in flight Forcipate Emeralds will often perch high in the trees. This is a rare species in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Small, slow spring-fed boggy streams
Females lay eggs in open water or moss beds by tapping abdomen on water at irregular intervals
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