Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Hagen in Selys, 1858
The Flag-tailed Spinyleg is a brightly-colored clubtailed dragonfly with long, spiny hind legs. Its orangish club looks large when seen from the side (flag-like), but is compressed so that it does not appear so large when seen from the top. This species has a greenish-yellow thorax with dark stripes, and its abdomen is ringed with black. The male may perch on vegetation or on rocks at the water's edge. The female is similar to the male, but with a lighter abdomen and smaller club. At this writing there is only one Nebraska record: Fremont Lakes SRA, August 3, 2014, found by Brian Peterson.
Flag-tailed Spinyleg female, photo by Brian Peterson
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 56-65 mm (2.2-2.6 in)
Habitat: slow rivers and streams, large ponds
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, MO, IA
Flight season: late July to early August
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