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Species Stylurus laurae - Laura's Clubtail

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Gomphidae (Clubtails)
Genus Stylurus
Species laurae (Laura's Clubtail)
Explanation of Names
"Named for Laura Ditzler, member of the expedition that first found the species" (1)
Identification
Green eyes, dark brown face. Males have green thoracic markings and brown legs, females yellow thoracic markings and thighs. The wide diffuse lateral brown strip on the thorax distinguish this species from Riverine and Towne's clubtails, which are also smaller. Like other clubtails, the tip of the abdomen is wide. Stripes on the club are red-brown in color. Dunkle (1)lists the pale sides of the second abdominal segment (before the abdomen narrows), and the red-brown dorasal surface of the tip of the abdomen, as distinguishing features. Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths (odolep.com - link below) notes fused yellow spots on segments 8 & 9. Riverine and Townees' clubtails have these yellow spots separated by a black stripe
Range
Eastern U.S., uncommon.
Habitat
Adults found along clear streams with sand-mud bottoms.
Print References
Dragonflies through Binoculars (1)
Internet References
Dragonflies, Butterflies, and Moths--discusses identification.

Another link
A link to Odonata Central with more identification information.

Laura's Clubtail