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Hagenius brevistylus


The largest North American clubtail, at 3.3 inches (84 mm), with black and yellow markings and green eyes. Males can be distinguished at a distance by their habit of curling their abdomens under while flying, forming a sideways J shape.


a clubtail dragonfly of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. The nymph is unusual, with a very flat, wide body. It is slow-moving and lives among bark and leaf litter at the edges of streams, where its dark color provides camouflage. The adult feeds on large insects, including darner and clubtail dragonflies, sometimes ambushing them from above. It also takes Monarch butterflies, eating the thorax and abdomen first to avoid the greatest concentration of cardenolide toxins.


We rescued this from the lake

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CynthiaMHori 8 years ago

Thanks MayraSpringmann!

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Great macro!!

CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

Thanks ReannaDee- they are gorgeous arent they?

ReannaDee 9 years ago

It has the most beautiful green eyes. =) Great pics!!

CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

Thanks Nicoleb - I felt so very lucky and was so glad my students could also see it up close

NicoleB 9 years ago

Look at those colours, wow!
Beautiful detail!

CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

Thanks Nicholas. we rescued it from the lake so it was drying off on our hands. One of my students held it while I took its photo.

Nicholas4 9 years ago

Very nice shot! Were you holding it, or was it someone else?? Bugs and insects do not sit tight easy!

CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

Thank you!!

danielcabrerp 9 years ago

It is a beautiful spotting, Congratulations!!!

CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

Thanks for your input- I will remove the third picture and submit it separately. Any ideas? It was in the water

impressive dragonfly, but I think the third picture doesn´t belong there- doesn´t look like a dragonfly nymph at all.

Hema 9 years ago

Beautiful details and spotting !! The green is gorgeous. the two shades of green compliment each other perfectly!

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Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jul 12, 2011
Submitted on Jul 12, 2011

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