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Wisconsin's rare dragonflies and damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List - last revised June 2011. These species are tracked by the Natural Heritage Inventory Program, and we welcome you to submit observations for these species.

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. See also the watch list species below.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Aeshna clepsydra Mottled Darner G4 S2S3 SC/N Y
Aeshna sitchensis Zigzag Darner G5 S1 SC/N Y
Aeshna subarctica Subarctic Darner G5 S1S2? SC/N Y
Archilestes grandis Great Spreadwing G5 S2S3 SC/N
Argia plana Highland Dancer G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Arigomphus villosipes Unicorn Clubtail G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Coenagrion interrogatum Subarctic Bluet G5 S1S3 SC/N Y
Cordulegaster diastatops Delta-spotted Spiketail G5 S1 SC/N Y
Enallagma basidens Double-striped Bluet G5 S2? SC/N
Enallagma clausum Alkali Bluet G5 S1? SC/N Y
Enallagma traviatum Slender Bluet G5 S1S3 SC/N Y
Epiaeschna heros Swamp Darner G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Gomphus graslinellus Pronghorned Clubtail G5 S2S3 SC/N
Hetaerina titia Dark Rubyspot G5 S1S2 SC/N Y
Ischnura kellicotti Lilypad Forktail G5 S1S2 SC/N Y
Libellula cyanea White-spangled Skimmer G5 S2 SC/N Y
Libellula incesta Slaty Skimmer G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Libellula semifasciata Painted Skimmer G5 S1S2 SC/N Y
Libellula vibrans Great Blue Skimmer G5 SU SC/N Y
Macromia taeniolata Royal River Cruiser G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Nehalennia gracilis Sphagnum Sprite G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Ophiogomphus anomalus Extra-striped Snaketail G4 S2S3 END Y
Ophiogomphus smithi Sioux (Sand) Snaketail G2G3 S2 SC/N Y
Ophiogomphus susbehcha Saint Croix Snaketail G2 S2 END Y
Rhionaeschna mutata Spatterdock Darner G4 S1 THR Y
Somatochlora cingulata Lake Emerald G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Somatochlora ensigera Lemon-faced Emerald G4 S2S3 SC/N Y
Somatochlora forcipata Forcipate Emerald G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Somatochlora hineana Hine's Emerald G2G3 S1 LE END Y
Somatochlora incurvata Warpaint Emerald G4 S2S3 END Y
Somatochlora tenebrosa Clamp-tipped Emerald G5 S1S2 SC/N Y
Williamsonia lintneri Ringed Boghaunter G3 S3 SC/N Y

Watch list Dragonflies and damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies on the Natural Heritage Inventory's "watch list." Watch list species have experienced, or are believed to have experienced, a statewide or range-wide decline, but are not currently tracked in the Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) database. The watch list includes newly discovered species for which origin and rarity need to be determined, certain animals designated as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, and species that were tracked in the past but proved more abundant, widespread, or less vulnerable than previously thought. Although watch list species are not actively tracked by NHI, occurrences documented during surveys are often stored by NHI, as these species could be tracked in the future if there is further evidence of their decline.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Aeshna eremita Lake Darner G5 S3 SC/N
Amphiagrion saucium Eastern Red Damsel G5 S3S4 SC/N Y
Anax longipes Comet Darner G5 SNA SC/N Y
Arigomphus submedianus Jade Clubtail G5 S3S4 SC/N Y
Chromagrion conditum Aurora Damselfly G5 S3S4 SC/N
Enallagma anna River Bluet G5 S3S4 SC/N Y
Enallagma aspersum Azure Bluet G5 S2S3 SC/N
Enallagma vernale Gloyd's Bluet G4Q S1? SC/N Y
Gomphaeschna furcillata Harlequin Darner G5 SU SC/N Y
Gomphus exilis Lancet Clubtail G5 S4 SC/N Y
Gomphus externus Plains Clubtail G5 S3S4 SC/N
Gomphus ventricosus Skillet Clubtail G3 S3S4 SC/N
Gomphus viridifrons Green-faced Clubtail G3G4 S4 SC/N
Ischnura hastata Citrine Forktail G5 SU SC/N Y
Ischnura posita Fragile Forktail G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Lestes eurinus Amber-winged Spreadwing G4 S3S4 SC/N
Nannothemis bella Elfin Skimmer G4 S3 SC/N Y
Nasiaeschna pentacantha Cyrano Darner G5 S3S4 SC/N
Neurocordulia molesta Smoky Shadowfly G4 S3 SC/N
Ophiogomphus howei Pygmy Snaketail G3 S4 SC/N Y
Rhionaeschna multicolor Blue-eyed Darner G5 SU SC/N
Somatochlora elongata Ski-tailed Emerald G5 S2S3 SC/N
Somatochlora franklini Delicate Emerald G5 S3 SC/N
Stylurus amnicola Riverine Clubtail G4 S3S4 SC/N
Stylurus notatus Elusive Clubtail G3 S3S4 SC/N
Stylurus plagiatus Russet-tipped Clubtail G5 S3S4 SC/N
Sympetrum danae Black Meadowhawk G5 S3 SC/N
Tramea carolina Violet-masked Glider G5 SU SC/N Y
Tramea onusta Red-mantled Glider G5 S3 SC/N
Williamsonia fletcheri Ebony Bog Haunter G4 S3S4 SC/N

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Last revised: Thursday, April 07, 2016