Sunday, June 16, 2013

Midland Clubtail

Midland Clubtails have visited Erika’s garden before, but they looked slightly different from the one I photographed on one of her rhubarb leaves. The spot on the terminal end of the abdomen is variable in Midland Clubtails in Minnesota (Scott King, pers. com.). Field marks include the yellow spots on the edges of the last two abdominal segments combined with those two segments being unspotted on their upper surfaces. These odonates are voracious predators, even able to prey upon other dragonflies. Since females oviposit in rapids, perhaps this species is attracted to our rushing water feature (if not the half-dozen Common Whitetails and Twelve-spotted Skimmers floating over Erika’s garden).

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