The Hine's Emerald Gallery
This site is dedicated to presenting information about Somatochlora hineana, the only dragonfly on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service List of Endangered Species. An introduction to this dragonfly is found on <http://www.hinesdragonfly.org>. PLEASE NOTE: This site uses lots of images, and some are at fairly high definition. This means it may take a few moments to load the entirety of the website. My goal is to make it worth your wait!
The Hine's Emerald dragonfly is found at only a few sites on the planet, with the largest breeding population found in Door County, Wisconsin. There are also small sites in Illinois, Upper Michigan, and perhaps in Missouri. These are the only known places where one can hope to see this dragonfly, with its beautiful green eyes and metallic brown and black body. Door County is a peninsula that lies on the east coast of the state and extends northward into Lake Michigan, as shown in the map. Geologically, the peninsula is a rocky ridge of dolomite limestone that is part of the Niagara Escarpment, a formation that passes through south central Wisconsin and extends northward to form Niagara Falls.
The Ridges Sanctuary (<http://ridgesanctuary.org>) is located along the eastern shore of the peninsula (see map above). This wildlife preserve is especially noted for its wildflowers, and over 25 species of native orchids and other rare and threatened plants are found there. In addition, the Sanctuary is a dragonfly paradise, and is home to the Hine's Emerald dragonfly. Consisting of over 1,200 acres of wetlands, boreal forest, and ridges between swales filled with shallow water, the Sanctuary maintains over five miles of trails and bridges to provide access to this unspoiled natural area. One of the swales is shown below.
About 30 species of dragonflies can be seen at The Ridges Sanctuary. The star of the show, of course, is the rare Hine's Emerald, and this website presents still images of living dragonflies in their natural setting. Photographs were obtained with a hand-held Nikon F-2 camera equipped with a 200 mm. Micro Nikkor lens under natural lighting, and focusing was done manually. Fuji Reala (ISO 100) film was the film of choice. Prints were scanned with a Microtek ScanMaker 5 flatbed scanner at 600 to 800 dpi and finished in Photoshop. Every effort was made to preserve the natural colors of the insect. Observations about the morphology and habits of the Hine's Emerald are presented along with the photographs, as well as information summarizing recent field studies. For good measure, images of a few other dragonflies seen at The Ridges Sanctuary are presented.
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