Coppery Emerald Somatochlora georgiana Walker, 1925G3G4 (Globally vulnerable)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Corduliidae   >   Genus Somatochlora   


Coppery Emerald (Somatochlora goergiana) is a small, aberrantly-colored emerald, lacking the usual metallic reflections and emerald green eyes of the other members of its genus. This species is generally frustratingly rare through its range on the coastal plain, and often flies at treetop height, well out of net range. It appears to breed in sandy streams through forest (Paulson, 2011). This species was recently added to the Maryland checklist based on a teneral individual found by D. Bogar in 2010 in Caroline Co. It has now been recorded from three eastern shore counties (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). It is ranked as S1 (highly state rare).

There are 5 records in the project database.

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A Coppery Emerald in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/3/2011). This was a new state record for Maryland in June of this year. Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

A Coppery Emerald in Wicomico Co., Maryland (8/3/2011). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

Coppery Emerald habitat in Wicomico Co., Maryland (8/3/2011). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

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