Sphagnum Sprite Nehalennia gracilis Morse, 1895S2 (State rare)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Coenagrionidae   >   Genus Nehalennia   

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Sphagnum Sprite (Nehalennia gracilis), as its common name suggests, is strongly associated with boggy habitats with an abundance of sphagnum mosses (like bogs, slow creeks, etc.) but may occasionally be found in vegetated habitats without moss present (Paulson, 2011). In Maryland, this beautiful species is distributed primarily along the coastal plain, on both the Eastern and Western shores, where it is found very locally in bogs (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). It is ranked as S2 (state rare).

There are 156 records in the project database.

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A male Sphagnum Sprite in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/29/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A female Spaghnum Sprite in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/23/2007). State rare (S2). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Caroline Co., Maryland (6/13/2020). Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

Sphagnum Sprites mating in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/15/2014). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/4/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite at Andelot Farm in Kent Co., Maryland (6/7/2014). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Howard Co., Maryland (6/1/2019). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Howard Co., Maryland (6/1/2019). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Sphagnum Sprite in Caroline Co., Maryland (6/15/2014). (c) 116916927065934112165, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA). Photo by Matt Muir via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Sphagnum Sprite in Maryland (6/16/2007). (c) Rick Cheicante, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/22/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Sphagnum Sprite exuvia in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)


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