The boghaunters are the smallest emeralds in the family with little metallic coloration. Their bodies are thinly haired. The abdomens in males are constricted just below the bases. The boghaunters are rare inhabitants of northeastern bogs, with two species in North America.
This small brownish dragonfly is one of the rarest emeralds. The length of the body averages about 1.3 inches. It has orange rings on its abdomen. The face is orange-brown with eyes gray-blue to aqua. It is similar to the ebony boghaunter. However, the ebony boghaunter has white rings only near the base of the abdomen.
In Wisconsin, shallow bog pools and acid fens, often with wiry or three-way sedge and few bushes, are preferred. But in coastal New England, the bog type preference varies from white cedar, black spruce, larch, to other forests with bogs. It is known in Wisconsin only from a few central counties.
Throughout its range, the flight season is from late April to early July. In Wisconsin, the adults have been documented from early May to early June.