Dragonhunter dragonfly (male)

A Dragonhunter dragonfly (Hagenius brevistylus) spotted during an Audubon Naturalist Society field trip to the Little Patuxent River, a forested stream that flows through the North Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Maryland USA. This individual is a male, as indicated by the secondary genitalia located on the underside of abdominal segments 2-3 (see Photos 1-2).

Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back.

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According to Wikipedia, Dragonhunters are …

much larger than any other North American clubtail, at 3.3 inches (84 mm), with black and yellow markings and green eyes. … The adult feeds on large insects, including darner and clubtail dragonflies, sometimes ambushing them from above. It also takes Monarch butterflies, eating the thorax and abdomen first to avoid the greatest concentration of cardenolide toxins.

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One Response to “Dragonhunter dragonfly (male)”

  1. lcraven Says:

    Very nice! Photos 4 and 5 are my favorites! I Loved spotting the Dragonhunter on this trip!

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