Plathemis is agenus of two species, of which one - P.lydia - is widespread in North Americaand is found throughout Michigan (Map 1).
These are stout, robust smooth larvae whichinhabit both ponds and sheltered inlets of lakes as well as poolsegments of streams. Adults emerge in very late May through the firsthalf of June. One specimen collected by Ed Kormondy in the MapleRiver, Emmet Co. in the northern LP on 20 August 1953, haswell-developed wing pads, indicating either another population withlate emergence, or larvae that may exhibit developmental diapauseuntil emergence the following year.
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Drury, D. 1773.Illustrations of natural history. Vol. 2. White: London. 90pp.
Hagen, H. A. 1861.Synopsis of the Neuroptera of North America, with a list of the SouthAmerican species. SmithsonianMiscellaneous Collections 4 (1862). 347pp.
Levine, J. R. 1957.Anatomy and taxonomy of the mature naiads of the dragonfly genusPlathemis (Family Libellulidae).