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Species Cordulegaster maculata - Twin-Spotted Spiketail

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Cordulegastridae (Spiketails)
Genus Cordulegaster
Species maculata (Twin-Spotted Spiketail)
7 cm
Recognized by pairs of short yellow dorsal spots on abdomen. Upper face yellow in males, brown in females.

Northern Form - North of VA has body black marked with bright yellow, and sea-green eyes.

Southern Form - has body brown marked with pale yellow, and aqua-blue eyes. (1)
Clear forest streams and small rivers, including trout streams. (1)
Late Feb to late April in South, mid-May to early Aug. in North. (1)
See Also
Delta-Spotted, Brown Spiketail, and some Mosaic Darners. (1)