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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Cordulegaster obliqua - Arrowhead 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 obliqua (Arrowhead Spiketail)
2.7" - 3.5" (7-9cm)
A series of arrow shaped yellow marks dorsally, on a dark brown/black abdomen. Northern race has green eyes, and southern race has blue eyes.
Southern 1/3 of the US, from Maine to northern Florida.
Streams and seeps, often with muddy bottoms.
April to August
Other insects
Can be found hunting in fields, or males can be found patrolling over streams.
See Also
Other Spiketails
Print References
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Works Cited
1.Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts
Blair Nikula, Jennifer L. Loose, Matthew R. Burne. 2003. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.
2.Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
Sidney W. Dunkle. 2000. Oxford Press.