Sedge Sprite Nehalennia irene (Hagen, 1861)S3 (Watch list)  

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Sedge Sprite (Nehalennia irene) is a small, delicate damselfly, which occurs in a wide variety of habitats with dense emergent or graminoid (grass-like) vegetation, such as ponds or marshes, or some types of bogs. This tiny damsel blends in well in this habitat, and may escape notice (Lam, 2004). The main distribution is primarily north of Maryland, but the species is common in Garrett County, and is also known from a handful of sites on the Western Shore (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). It is ranked as S3 in Maryland.

There are 23 records in the project database.

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A male Sedge Sprite in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/15/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A male Sedge Sprite in the Arnprior Sandpits, Ontario (6/23/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A female Sedge Sprite in Arnprior Sandpits, Ontario (6/23/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A female Sedge Sprite in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/2/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

Mating Sedge Sprites in Pondicherry NWR, New Hampshire (6/23/2006). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)


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