Michigan’s rare Odonata

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State listed species
Species of Greatest Conservation Need (Wildife Action Plan)
Species with fewer than 5 records

State listed species

Every few years, the state of Michigan tasks various committees of experts with reviewing threatened and endangered species, as required by law. The past two cycles, Julie Craves has been a member of the Insect Technical Advisory Committee.

The committee works to form recommendations on elevations, downgrades, additions, and subtractions to the list, which then goes through a review process that includes internal review and public comment before being signed into law.

There were multiple changes made to the Odonata in the recommendations submitted in 2014-2015 that were not acted upon by the state. The Committee is once again revising the list, and additional changes to the status of a number of Odonata are being proposed. While the lists for all taxa have to be completed by September 2019, they will not be finalized until August 2021.

Meanwhile, here is the current, albeit outdated, list:

Smoky Rubyspot – Hetaerina titia (Drury) state special concern
Gray Petaltail – Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen) state threatened
Splendid Clubtail – Gomphurus lineatifrons (Calvert) state special concern
Extra-striped Snaketail – Ophiogomphus anomalus Harvey state special concern
Pygmy Snaketail – Ophiogomphus howei Bromley state threatened
Rapids Clubtail – Phanogomphus quadricolor (Walsh) state special concern
Riverine Clubtail – Stylurus amnicola Walsh state special concern
Laura’s Clubtail – Stylurus laurae Williamson state special concern
Elusive Clubtail – Stylurus notatus Rambur state special concern
Russet-tipped Clubtail – Stylurus plagiatus Selys state special concern
Tiger Spiketail – Cordulegaster erronea Hagen state special concern
Hine’s Emerald – Somatochlora hineana Williamson federal & state endangered
Incurvate Emerald – Somatochlora incurvata Walker state special concern
Ebony Boghaunter – Williamsonia fletcheri Williamson state special concern
Ringed Boghaunter – Williamsonia lintneri (Hagen) state special concern

Species of greatest conservation need

These species are designated as being of Greatest Conservation Need in the state by Michigan’s Wildlife Action Plan.

Gray Petaltail – Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen)
Extra-striped Snaketail – Ophiogomphus anomalus Harvey
Pygmy Snaketail – Ophiogomphus howei Bromley
Riverine Clubtail – Stylurus amnicola Walsh
Laura’s Clubtail – Stylurus laurae Williamson
Elusive Clubtail – Stylurus notatus Rambur
Russet-tipped Clubtail – Stylurus plagiatus Selys
Hine’s Emerald – Somatochlora hineana Williamson
Incurvate Emerald – Somatochlora incurvata Walker

Species with fewer than 5 records

Coming soon

historical records

Species not vouchered since 1996 coming soon. Date is latest date collected.
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