The Plains Emerald is a Somatochlora, or striped emerald, with metallic green eyes, a yellow face, and two unequal yellow stripes on the thorax. Typically associated with the western plains, in Minnesota they can be found around slow moving streams in fields or forests
Males are very territorial and patrol until late in the day, typically flying low along stream banks and frequently stopping to hover. They usually hunt flying insects, well above netting reach, not far from the water. When not in flight they usually hang from vegetation overhanging the water
Slow-moving streams and small rivers flowing through fields or forests
Females lay their eggs above the water line typically in clay or gravel banks. May also oviposit directly in shallow pools beneath over hanging vegetation
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