The Hine's Emerald Dragonfly, Somatochlora hineana, is an extremely rare dragonfly and the only one on the Federal List of Endangered Species. The largest breeding population known to occur on the planet is in Door County, Wisconsin (see map below). The only other known populations occur at small sites in northern Michigan, northeastern Illinois, and a recently discovered site in Missouri. The dragonfly thrives in and around The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, WI (see aerial view below). Information about the Sanctuary is provided on page 2.

This website is dedicated to providing the viewer with an introduction to this rare dragonfly, which is renowned for its beautiful emerald green eyes and its remarkable aerobatic abilities. It is unlawful to collect, kill, harass, or even have dead specimens in your possession. For more detailed information about the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly, visit <>.

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   What is the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly?

What about its anatomy?

What are its distinguishing features?

Photogallery of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly


What about the dragonfly's life span?

Some interesting facts about dragonflies in general

Other dragonflies of The Ridges Sanctuary

Just what is The Ridges Sanctuary?


2001, and updated 2002 by Paul Burton,      P.O. Box 250, Ephraim, WI 54211, and The Ridges Sanctuary, P.O. Box 152, Baileys Harbor, WI   54202