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Rare animals
Find rare and non-game animals.
Rare plants
Learn about plants on the Natural Heritage Working List.
Rare lichens
Discover Wisconsin's lichens.
Natural communities
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Other features
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Contact information
For information on Wisconsin's rare vertebrate animals, contact:
Rich Staffen
Conservation Biologist
For information on Wisconsin's rare invertebrates, contact:
Jay Watson
Conservation Biologist

Wisconsin's rare dragonflies and damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List – last revised May 2016. Life history, where they are found in the state, photos and management information is available for many of these species. Please consider sharing your observations [exit DNR] with the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. View the table key.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
WWAP Mapped in NHI
Aeshna clepsydra Mottled Darner G4G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Aeshna sitchensis Zigzag Darner G5 S1 SC/N SGCN Y
Aeshna subarctica Subarctic Darner G5 S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Archilestes grandis Great Spreadwing G5 SU r-SIN N
Argia plana Springwater Dancer G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Argia sedula Blue-ringed Dancer G5 SU r-SIN N
Arigomphus villosipes Unicorn Clubtail G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Coenagrion interrogatum Subarctic Bluet G5 SU r-SIN N
Cordulegaster diastatops Delta-spotted Spiketail G5 S1 SC/N SGCN Y
Enallagma basidens Double-striped Bluet G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Enallagma clausum Alkali Bluet G5 S1 SC/N SGCN Y
Epiaeschna heros Swamp Darner G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Gomphaeschna furcillata Harlequin Darner G5 SU r-SIN N
Hetaerina titia Smoky Rubyspot G5 S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Ischnura hastata Citrine Forktail G5 SU r-SIN N
Ischnura kellicotti Lilypad Forktail G5 S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Libellula cyanea Spangled Skimmer G5 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Libellula incesta Slaty Skimmer G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Libellula semifasciata Painted Skimmer G5 S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Libellula vibrans Great Blue Skimmer G5 SU r-SIN N
Macromia taeniolata Royal River Cruiser G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Nehalennia gracilis Sphagnum Sprite G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Ophiogomphus anomalus Extra-striped Snaketail G4 S2S3 END SGCN Y
Ophiogomphus smithi Sioux (Sand) Snaketail G2G3 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Ophiogomphus susbehcha St. Croix Snaketail G2 S2 END SGCN Y
Phanogomphus graslinellus Pronghorn Clubtail G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Rhionaeschna multicolor Blue-eyed Darner G5 SU r-SIN N
Rhionaeschna mutata Spatterdock Darner G4 S1 THR SGCN Y
Somatochlora cingulata Lake Emerald G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Somatochlora ensigera Plains Emerald G4 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Somatochlora forcipata Forcipate Emerald G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Somatochlora hineana Hine's Emerald G2G3 S1 LE END SGCN Y
Somatochlora incurvata Incurvate Emerald G5 S2S3 END SGCN Y
Somatochlora linearis Mocha Emerald G5 SU r-SIN N
Somatochlora tenebrosa Clamp-tipped Emerald G5 S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Tramea carolina Carolina Saddlebags G5 SU r-SIN N
Williamsonia lintneri Ringed Boghaunter G3 S3 SC/N SGCN Y

Rank and status: To learn more about species rank and status, see the working list key. WWAP: (Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan): SGCN (Species of Greatest Conservation Need) and monitoring and ranking SIN (Species with Information Needs). Mapped in NHI: (Natural Heritage Inventory): Y = Observations of these species are mapped into the NHI database.

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Last revised: Thursday, December 22, 2022