Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonfly (male)

A Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatus) was spotted by Michael Powell during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR) in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, as indicated by his terminal appendages.

18 AUG 2020 | JMAWR | Russet-tipped Clubtail (male)

I was able to shoot one and only one photo of the Russet-tipped Clubtail before it was spooked by a male Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula incesta) — the clubtail flew away (never to return) while the skimmer landed on a nearby perch.

Swift Setwing (Dythemis velox) and Russet-tipped Clubtail were our two target species for the trip to JMAWR. Seeing Swift Setwing was a relatively sure thing; Russet-tipped, less so. It would have been nice to get a longer look at this handsome clubtail, but hey, I’m happy to have seen/photo’d this somewhat uncommon species however briefly!

Related Resource: Odonart© [one of several Swift Setwing spotted on the same day at JMAWR]

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4 Responses to “Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonfly (male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Your image turned out really well, Walter, considering your initial concerns that it was underexposed. You may have gotten only one chance to get a shot, but you made it count.

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