Monday, September 12, 2011

Cobra Clubtail

Early in August, Erika and I came upon this Cobra Clubtail in muddy tire tracks in a path in the Carleton Arboretum's prairie. The dragonfly is named for its abdomen end's looking like a cobra's head. All my sources, including Mead (2009), advise looking for this species on the shoreline brush, sand, or rocks along mud-bottomed rivers and lakes. The Fontenelle Nature Association writes that "Males can wander some distance from water." We found this female about a quarter-mile from the Cannon River. I was able to take this one photograph before the clubtail fled. We never saw another. 

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