Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Elusive Clubtail

Stylurus notatus

Rambur, 1848

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The Elusive Clubtail is a slender, greenish-yellow species with brown stripes on the thorax. Abdominal segments 8 and 9 have large pale green to yellow side spots. It patrols open waters of large rivers but perches inaccessibly in treetops, where it hangs vertically from leaves, a posture common to other species of this genus of "hanging" clubtails.. The female resembles the male. This is a rare species in Nebraska, where it is at the western edge of its range.

Elusive Clubtail
Elusive Clubtail male

Photo courtesy of Loren and Babs Padelford.

Elusive Clubtail map

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


Size: 52-64 mm (2.0-2.5 in)

Habitat: large rivers and lakes

Great Plains Range: NE, SD, IA, MN

Flight season: early July to mid August



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