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Russet-tipped Clubtail

Stylurus plagiatus


A clubtail with a blue face, striped blue thorax, and a red abdomen that is dark toward the base and brighter toward the tip of the tail. This one is male, giving it the club-like tail shape that these are named for. While many dragonfly varieties have stripes down the abdomen, this one does not.


Right beside the Arkansas River at sundown at the edge of a patch of dense cane-like plants. September, hot and humid, end of summer.


Many thanks again to the member of the Insect Identification group for this one. Finding one without stripes that still matched in color was giving me quite the headache. Additional Resource(s): > Odonata Central:

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blue- faced meadowhawk
Sympetrum ambiguum Sympetrum ambiguum - Wikipedia

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Matthew Hammond
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Matthew Hammond

Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Sep 17, 2019
Submitted on Sep 22, 2019

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