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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide

Image of An adult coppery emerald.Zoom+ An adult coppery emerald. © Sidney W. Dunkle

Coppery emerald

Somatochlora georgiana

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Special Concern



Approximately 1.9”, the coppery emerald is distinctive among its group since it lacks the usual metallic coloration and green eyes. Its eyes are reddish-brown and the body is a light orange with two pale thoracic side stripes.

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The coppery emerald has been documented in only two Coastal Plain counties, Atlantic and Burlington. They breed in small forest streams on the coastal plain. Its full range is north to Massachusetts and south to Louisiana.


Nymphs feed on aquatic invertebrates and adults feed on flying insects.


In New Jersey, only a small number of records exist from early to mid-July. Further survey efforts are needed.


The coppery emerald is considered a species of Special Concern 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 Larissa Smith in 2011.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
       Class: Insecta
          Order: Odonata
             Family: Corduliidae
                Genus: Somatochlora
                   Species: S. georgiana

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