Fine-lined Emerald Somatochlora filosa (Hagen, 1861)S2 (State rare)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Corduliidae   >   Genus Somatochlora   


Fine-lined Emerald (Somatochlora filosa) is a widespread southern emerald found in coastal plain counties in Maryland. Its breeding habitat is imperfectly known, but is thought to be probably be tannin-stained seeps or small streams through forest (Paulson, 2011). In Maryland, this beautiful dragonfly is restricted to the coastal plain, where it occurs on both the western and eastern shores. It is considered rare by Orr (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). It is ranked as S2 (state rare) in Maryland.

There are 32 records in the project database.

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A close-up of the head and thorax of a Fine-lined Emerald found in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/29/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Fine-lined Emerald in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/28/2020). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Fine-lined Emerald in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/24/2011). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)

A Fine-lined Emerald in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/6/2020). Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

A Fine-lined Emerald in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/10/2019). First record for Cecil County. Photo by Jim White. (MBP list)

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