Hines emerald dragonfly on a twig

Wisconsin Status: Endangered

Federal Status: Endangered

One species, the Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) has the dubious distinction of being the first dragonfly to be listed as endangered by the federal government. It is also endangered in Wisconsin.

This large, elegant, metallic green species is known from less than fifteen places in Wisconsin and Illinois. It was previously known to occur in Indiana and Ohio, but now appears to have been extirpated (exterminated) from those states. The Hine's emerald dragonfly's habitat is restricted to only a few wetlands.