Somatochlora franklini (Delicate Emerald)

The only reliable encounters with this vulnerable species were among the peatlands of the Yellow Bogs area of the Nulhegan Basin in Vermont’s Northeastern Highlands (Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge), with one additional encounter at Peacham Bog in Caledonia County. Although sphagnum bogs are the presumed breeding habitat, most encounters are along dirt roads or woodland openings near peatlands. Among our earliest flying Somatochlora species, Vermont is near the southern edge of its range. Like Forcipate Emerald (S. forcipata), often patrols roughly one to four meters above ground level.

Conservation Status

State: S1S2, Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Global: G5

Flight Period

May 30 – July 16

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Vermont Distribution