Deadly Cobras!

Several Cobra Clubtail dragonflies (Gomphus vastus) were spotted during a photowalk along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Cobra Clubtail seems to be a voracious predator. Three individuals were observed eating smaller insects.

Male 1

The first individual is a male, as indicated by his terminal appendages. He is eating a Crane Fly.

Male 2

Another male was observed eating a small butterfly, possibly an Eastern Tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas).


The last individual is a female, as indicated by her terminal appendages and the rounded shape of its hind wings. She is eating an unknown species of damselfly (female).

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