Common Name:  Clubtails

Description:   The clubtails are a family of medium-sized dragonflies named for expanded segments at the end of their abdomens.   Not all species have this club, so their widely spaced compound eyes are actually a better character for identification.    Most clubtails have camouflage body coloration — usually brown or black marked with yellow or green.  They can be difficult to spot except when moving.  These dragonflies are active over water but usually perch horizontally on the ground, rocks or logs.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Similar triangles in front and hind wings
  2. No anal loop in hind wing
  3. Widely separated compound eyes
  4. Tip of abdomen often swollen (clubtail)

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Order:  Odonata