Description of Habitat/Range:
The range of this species is widespread throughout the central and eastern United States south of Wisconsin. It is found at a variety of lentic habitats with emergent vegetation, including ponds, swamps, marshes, and slow streams that will usually have few or no fish. In Wisconsin, it is an early season migrant and spring populations can vary from year to year depending on weather and other conditions. It is most likely to be found in the southern half of the state. However, they have been found in small numbers in northern Wisconsin including Douglas, Bayfield, Price, and Forest counties. At this point, it is believed that this species is migratory but resident populations are possible.
Late April through June for northbound migrants (our earliest mature Spreadwings). Tenerals emerge in late July and August and probably fly south shortly after emergence.