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Mocha Emerald (Somatochlora linearis) by John Petranka
Compare with: Treetop Emerald   Clamp-tipped Emerald   Fine-lined Emerald   American Emerald  
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distribution Throughout the Coastal Plain (even near the coast), and the eastern and central Piedmont. Ranges west to Yadkin and Gaston counties. Not known yet from the mountains, despite range maps in reference books that shade in the entire eastern US.
abundance Uncommon to fairly common over much of the Coastal Plain and eastern third of the Piedmont, but uncommon in the central Piedmont. Perhaps uncommon also in the southeastern part of the Coastal Plain. This is generally the most numerous emerald in the Piedmont, and is the most numerous emerald in the Coastal Plain during the summer.
flight Summer and early fall seasons, from early June into late September, and sparingly to mid-October. Not numerous after August.
habitat Small forested streams; Dunkle (2000) says streams about 1-3 yards wide are preferred.
behavior The species is most easily seen near small streams that are drying up. Away from streams, this emerald is often seen flying along wooded roads and wide trails, often at head height, back and forth, pausing to hover close to an observer. They spend most of the day perched in shady places, often hidden from an observer.
comments Emeralds are usually seen in flight along and over forested roads, often at treetop height, and sometimes perching on telephone wires. They seem curious and may hover close to an observer, when the adult's bright green eyes and black thorax and abdomen are noticed. However, identification can be tricky in flight, and normally identification must be made of perched or netted individuals.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Mocha Emerald

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Randolph, 2018-06-25, Haskett Creek @ North Asheboro Park
Photo by: Robert Gilson

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2018-06-25,
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-08-27, Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve, Winnabow - female
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2017-07-31, MEMI
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-28, - Lake Waccamaw. One male spotted in underbrush along river below spillway.
Photo by: Roger Shaw

Comment: Durham, 2016-08-20, Flat River Impoundment
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2016-07-21, Feeding swarm in sunny residential lawn near intersection of Cedronella Dr. and Charlock Ct., Falls of New Hope neighborhood ca. 5PM. Flight photo of male.
Photo by: Robby Deans

Comment: Beaufort, 2015-07-30, Blounts Creek
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-28, - Netted female patrolling neighbors yard.
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-07-08, Beatty Park from 05:30 - 07:30 PM. Skies 60/40 clear/cloud, temp. 85. 85
Photo by: Randy Emmitt

Comment: 2003-06-15, Caswell Co., Caswell Gamelands
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Union, 2013-07-23, Cane Creek Park (Union County) - Cruising clearings in berry patch, behind prairie restoration site