Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Russet-tipped Clubtail is a member of the Stylurus, or Hanging Clubtail genus. These clubtails often perch on leaves, which tip with their weight, leaving the dragonflies hanging nearly vertically. Males patrol large areas over water and may hover motionless before zipping off to a new location.
The Russet-tipped Clubtail is long and slender with a green and black (or brown) striped thorax and a russet to yellow club. The green markings on top of the thorax may be in the shape of a W. The eyes may be blue, turquoise or green. Abdominal segments 8 and 9 have yellow spots on the sides and top, and the legs are two-tone. The female is nearly clubless but is marked much like the male.
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 57-66mm (2.1-2.6 in)
Habitat: slow-moving rivers and streams, often with sandy bottoms
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, MO, IA
Flight season: June to October
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