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Species Aphylla angustifolia - Broad-striped Forceptail

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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 Aphylla (Forceptails)
Species angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail)
Identification
Yellow bands on the sides of the thorax alternate between broad and narrow. Other similar species in its range (Aphylla, Phyllocycla, and Phyllogomphoides spp.) have all bands the same width.
Range
Coastal Mississippi south through Texas and Mexico to Belize and Guatemala
Habitat
Breeds in muddy-bottomed lakes, ponds, and pools; adults most often seen in brush or thornscrub away from water.
Season
Summer and early fall
Food
Predators. Adults eat flying insects, larvae aquatic invertebrates and small vertebrates.
Print References
Abbott, John C. 2005. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico). Princeton University Press.