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Wisconsin's rare dragonflies and damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List - last revised May 2016. 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
Argia plana Springwater Dancer G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Arigomphus villosipes Unicorn Clubtail G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Cordulegaster diastatops Delta-spotted Spiketail G5 S1 SC/N Y
Enallagma basidens Double-striped Bluet G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Enallagma clausum Alkali Bluet G5 S1 SC/N Y
Epiaeschna heros Swamp Darner G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Gomphus graslinellus Pronghorn Clubtail G5 S2S3 SC/N Y
Hetaerina titia Smoky Rubyspot G5 S1S2 SC/N Y
Ischnura kellicotti Lilypad Forktail G5 S1S2 SC/N Y
Libellula cyanea 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
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 St. 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 Plains 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 Incurvate 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
Anax longipes Comet Darner G5 SNA S
Archilestes grandis Great Spreadwing G5 SU S
Coenagrion interrogatum Subarctic Bluet G5 SU S
Enallagma vernale Vernal Bluet G4Q SU S
Gomphaeschna furcillata Harlequin Darner G5 SU S
Ischnura hastata Citrine Forktail G5 SU S
Libellula vibrans Great Blue Skimmer G5 SU S
Rhionaeschna multicolor Blue-eyed Darner G5 SU S
Somatochlora linearis Mocha Emerald G5 SU S
Sympetrum ambiguum Blue-faced Meadowhawk G5 SU S
Tramea carolina Carolina Saddlebags G5 SU S

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Last revised: Friday, August 26, 2016