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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide
Species Group: Invertebrate
Approximately 1.7”, this thick-bodied dragonfly has a wide, untapered abdomen and a distinctive dense coating of white hair on the thorax. Females have reddish eyes, a wider abdomen, and short cerci. Males have metallic green eyes and downturned cerci.
DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
The robust baskettail reaches its northern limits in New Jersey where it inhabits flood plain swamps and marshes along the coastal plain.
Predatory larvae and adults feed on other invertebrates.
The robust baskettail emerges as early as mid April and has been observed until mid May. Females release large masses of yellow or orange eggs on or near emergent vegetation while in flight.
CURRENT STATUS, THREATS, AND CONSERVATION
Due to a scarcity of habitat, the robust baskettail is considered Threatened in New Jersey.
Text derived from the book, Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey. 2009. By Allen E. Barlow, David M. Golden and Jim Bangma. Edited and updated by Karena Di Leo in 2011.
Species: E. spinosa
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