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Species Somatochlora hineana - Hine's Emerald

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Corduliidae (Emeralds)
Genus Somatochlora (Striped Emeralds)
Species hineana (Hine's Emerald)
Explanation of Names
Somatochlora hineana Williamson 1931
2.3 to 2.5 inches long (WDNR)
"male claspers show a broad oval opening in silhouette" while for the male Clamp-tipped he states "male claspers are dramatic with a broad circular opening between the upper and lower components." (1)
limited sites from MI to MO (FWS), largest breeding population known to occur is in Door County, Wisconsin (Burton 2002)
prefer seasonally dry marshy fens, especially spring-fed seepages over limestone bedrock, usually with narrow-leaved cattails or sedges (WDNR)
mostly July in WI (WDNR)
Federally Listed Endangered Species
Print References
Foster SE, Soluk DA (2004) Evaluating exuvia collection as a management tool for the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly, Somatochlora hineana Williamson (Odonata: Cordullidae). Biol Conserv 18: 15–20.
Furness AN, Soluk DA (2015) The potential of diversion structures to reduce roadway mortality of the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana). J Insect Conserv 19: 449–455.
Soluk DA, Moss K (2003) Roadway and exuvial surveys of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) in Door County, Wisconsin. Part II: Roadway fatalities. Aquatic Ecology Technical Report 03/09. Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois
Soluk DA, Zercher DS, Pintor LM, Herbert ME, Hults AB, Gittinger EJ, Stalzer SA (2000) Evaluation of habitat and ecology of the larvae of Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) in Wisconsin and Illinois. Illinois Natural History Survey, Center for Aquatic Ecology Technical Report 00/1
Internet References
Wisconsin Odonata Survey - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
Hine's Dragonfly Website - Paul Burton, 2002
Works Cited
1.Dragonflies of the North Woods
Kurt Mead. 2003. Adventure Publications.