Description of Habitat/Range:
Widespread and common from southern Canada to Mexico, this species is found at a variety of still and slow-flowing waters, including marshes, small ponds (may be semi-permanent), lakes, sheltered bays, and slow streams. Preferred habitats often lack centrarchid fishes (primarily sunfishes [genus Lepomis] and black basses [genus Micropterus]).
This species is one of our few truly migratory dragonflies with a long and early flight period, but with a resident (non-migratory) component of the population as well. Spring migrants usually start to arrive from the south in early April. Reproduction occurs upon arrival, nymph growth rates are typically fast, and new adults emerge in late summer. Large numbers of young adults are often seen migrating south through Wisconsin in late August and September.