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Species Somatochlora tenebrosa - Clamp-tipped Emerald

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Classification
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.
Size
Body length: 48-54 mm
Identification
Shape of male cerci make for easy ID
Range
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).
Habitat
Shaded streams.
Season
According to the area: June to September/October.
Food
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.