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Photo#117387
dragonfly - Gomphurus externus

dragonfly - Gomphurus externus
Assaria, Saline County, Kansas, USA
June 11, 2007
Would like an ID on this dragonfly. Will include another closer shot also.

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genus Gomphus
It is not a ringtail, but a Gomphus. Try Pronghorn Clubtail, Gomphus graslinellus or Plains Clubtail, Gomphus externus. Do you have any closeups of the terminal appendages at the end of the abdomen? Or a crop of just this area from the full-sized original pic? These species can be very difficult to separate.

 
more views
Ben, I have added several different views which may or may not help.

 
Yes
I think you can just make out a lateral tooth on the cercus. That would make it graslinellus.

Clubtail
Oh nice find. Thats one of the Clubtails. Don't know of the top of my head but have a look through the Clubtail section of the guide.

Do you have a close up of the tail?

Edit: My first thought was Midland Clubtail(with the dull yellow at the head fading into bright yellow on the club) but I'm not sure they have that much yellow on the top of the last few segments of the tail.

Glancing through the guides the only other one that sticks out for me it the black shouldered spiny leg, but not sure thats a match either. Dosen't look like he has spiny enough legs.

 
tail section
Kaylee, I have added a cropped closeup of the tail.

 
Nice.
Awsome! That does help. This will be a great addition to the guide. we have very few photos of these guys and yours are great.

Dragonfly ID
Kathy, I think that may be an Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus).

 
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What makes you think ringtail?
The markings do not look similar to a ringtail (no rings, club should be red not black and yellow).

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