The medium-sized, dark brown striped emeralds have some pale markings on the thorax and abdomen, black legs, clear wings and brilliant green eyes. The thorax has a metallic bronze-green sheen and the abdomen is dark metallic black-green. Most species are uncommonly seen, but this may be largely due to their secretive nature. When flying, most species look alike which is why in-hand identifications of their anatomical features are often needed.
This small dark emerald has two distinctive pale yellow spots on its thorax and a slender abdomen. The length of its body varies from 1.7 to 2.0 inches. It is similar to the incurvate emerald and Kennedy's emerald.
Description of Habitat/Range:
Uncommon throughout Wisconsin, it ranges from Canada to northeastern United States. It is usually found at boggy spring-fed streams, bog pools, and alder swamps.