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Chromagrion conditum  (Hagen in Selys, 1876)
Aurora Damsel


Coenagrionidae, Pond Damsel Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S3S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This black and blue damselfly is distinguished by the bright yellow marks on the lower sides of thorax. Its wings are partly spread when perched, which is a distinct characteristic from other damselflies in this family. The female's pattern is similar to the male's, but light brown to gray compared to blue in the male. The length of the body varies from 1.2 to 1.5 inches.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Known throughout eastern United States and parts of Canada, this species is usually found at small,vegetated, spring-fed brooks and streams, swamps, spring pools, and clean ponds or lakes. This damselfly does not move much in its adult stage and it is common throughout Wisconsin.

Flight Season:

Late May to late July in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
15%
(14)
56%
(54)
29%
(28)
Shading illustrates monthly percentages of the total flight season records for the species. Each flight season record is a unique date/location/observer combination where one or more adult or an exuvia was recorded (excludes nymphs). The actual number of flight season records for each month is shown in parentheses.

Flight seasons begin earlier in the southern part of the state, often by a week or more. Also, flight charts may not be accurate for rare species because of few data available.
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Photo of Male aurora damsel
Male aurora damsel. © Dan Jackson

Male aurora damsel
Photo of Male aurora damsel
Male aurora damsel. © Dan Jackson

Male aurora damsel
Photo of Aurora damsel pair
Aurora damsel pair. © Dan Jackson

Aurora damsel pair
Photo of Aurora damsel pair
Aurora damsel pair. © Dan Jackson

Aurora damsel pair
Photo of aurora damsel pair
aurora damsel pair. © Dennis Paulson

aurora damsel pair



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