Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Plains Emerald is dark overall, but has bright yellow side spots on the thorax, a yellow face and bright green eyes. The abdomen of the male is dark without any obvious markings, but the female's abdomen has yellow side stripes. They feed in sunny openings above creeks.
Plains Emerald male
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 48-51 mm (1.9-2.0 in)
Habitat: streams and ditches
Great Plains Range: NE, SD, ND, CO, WY, IA
Flight season: mid July to mid August
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