The Hine's emerald dragonfly is a federally endangered species. It has a dark emerald-green thorax and two yellow stripes on its sides. Newly emerged adults have dark brown eyes, but after about three days, they become brilliant iridescent emerald green.
There are more than 20 species of striped emeralds (genus Somatochlora) in North America north of Mexico. Learn more about the Hine's emerald and other dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) in their group entry.
Habitat and Conservation
Hine's emerald is a Missouri species of conservation concern: it is listed as endangered on both federal and state lists.
A related species, the Ozark emerald, S. ozarkensis, is also a species of conservation concern in Missouri.