Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Spiny Baskettail

Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) spinigera

Selys, 1871

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This is a northern trans-continental species for which there is only one Nebraska record. It was found in Keya Paha Co. by Fred Sibley in the summer of 2008. It is brown with yellow spots on the sides of the abdomen. Male cerci each have a diagnostic sharp ventral spine. It is very similar to our other Tetragoneuria baskettails (Common and Dot-winged).

Spiny Baskettail
Spiny Baskettail male
Spiny Baskettail map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


Size: 43-47mm (1.7-1.9 in)

Habitat: lakes, ponds and slow streams

Great Plains Range: NE, MN

Flight season: May to August



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