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Species Somatochlora tenebrosa - Clamp-tipped Emerald

Clamp-tipped Emerald - Somatochlora tenebrosa - female Striped Emerald (Somatochlora)? - Somatochlora tenebrosa - female Clamp-tipped Emerald - Male - Somatochlora tenebrosa - male UI Dragonfly 061310-2 - Somatochlora tenebrosa Somatochlora? - Somatochlora tenebrosa - female Clamp-tipped emerald exuvia - Somatochlora tenebrosa Somatochlora tenebrosa - male Clamp-tipped Emerald - Somatochlora tenebrosa
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 tenebrosa (Clamp-tipped Emerald)
Explanation of Names
Discovered by the American entomologist Thomas Say in 1839. The name “tenebrosa” is referring to the dark coloration of the species.
Body length: 48-54 mm
Shape of male cerci make for easy ID
In United States (AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OK, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, WI, WV).
In Canada (NB, NS, ON, QC).
Shaded streams.
According to the area: June to September/October.
Predatory on others insects.
Print References
Dunkle, S. 2000. Dragonflies through binoculars. Oxford Univ. Press, N.Y.
Jones, C.D., A. Kingsley, P. Burke & M. Holder. 2008. Field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and the surrounding area. The Friends of Algonquin Park, Whitney, Ontario, Canada.
Mead, K. 2017. Dragonflies if the North Woods. Third Edition. Kollath-Stensaas Publishing, 276 p.
Needham, J.G.; Westfall, J.R. and M.L. May. 2014. Dragonflies of North America, The Odonata (Anisoptera) Fauna of Canada, the Continental United States, Northern Mexico and the Greater Antilles. Third Edition. Scientific Publishers, 658 p.
Paulson, D. 2012. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East. Princeton University Press, 544 p. Published by Jim Johnson, 90 p.
Walker, E.M. 1925. The North American species of the genus Somatochlora. University of Toronto Studies, Biological Series No. 26: 1-202.