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Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana)
This dragonfly was originally discovered in Ohio, but by the mid-1900's it was believed to be extinct.
In 1988 a specimen collected in the Des Plaines River Valley (southwest of Chicago) in Illinois was later identified as this species. Subsequent surveys uncovered additional populations there, as well as northeast Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri. All are associated with areas of groundwater-fed wetlands that are perched over limestone bedrock.
The Hine's emerald dragonfly, listed as endangered, is found in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin. Adults lay their eggs in small streams in fens and sedge meadows. After hatching, the aquatic larvae spend up to five years in wetlands before completely maturing and emerging as adult dragonflies.
USFWS Chicago Field Office's Species Spotlight
Species Profile (links to National USFWS Endangered Species website)
Feb. 23, 2015: Dragonflies to Arrive at Genoa Fish Hatchery in 2015
May 2013 Hine's Emerald Dragonfly 5-Year Review (52-page PDF; 450KB)
Article: Cooperative Recovery in Chicago for the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly - from Sept. - Oct 2012 Issue of the Endangered Species Bulletin
Article: Scientist unlocks secrets to the survival of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly at Mink River Preserve (The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin)
2006 S6 Grant Project - Great Lakes Shoreline Project
Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Recovery Plan (September 2001)
Brochure: Protecting Groundwater in Door County (2-Page PDF)
Brochure: Chicago-area Brochure
Last updated: April 8, 2015