Treetop Emerald Somatochlora provocans Calvert, 1903Endangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Corduliidae   >   Genus Somatochlora   

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Treetop Emerald (Somatochlora provocans) is the most widespread species of a small group of related southern Somatochlora, and the only one occurring in the Mid-Atlantic region. This species is often found foraging high up, frequently at treetop level, inspiring the common name. It breeds in small, sandy forest streams (Paulson, 2011). This coastal plain species is rare in Maryland, with records from five counties, including one on the eastern shore (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). It is considered state endangered in Maryland (S1).

There are 16 records in the project database.

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A female Treetop Emerald in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/19/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A young female Treetop Emerald in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/29/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Treetop Emerald in Calvert Co., Maryland (6/26/2020). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

A young female Treetop Emerald in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/29/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Treetop Emerald in Charles Co., Maryland (7/22/2011). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)

Treetop Emerald in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/27/2020). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Treetop Emerald in Calvert Co., Maryland (6/26/2020). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Male Treetop Emerald (posed) in Cape May Co., New Jersey (7/4/2011). Photo by Ben Coulter. (MBP list)

Male Treetop Emerald (posed) in Cape May Co., New Jersey (7/4/2011). Photo by Ben Coulter. (MBP list)

Treetop Emerald in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/27/2020). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Treetop Emerald in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/27/2020). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)


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