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Hagenius brevistylus
Dragonhunter

Selys, 1854
Gomphidae, Clubtail Family
photo of Male dragonhunter
Male dragonhunter — Dan Jackson
Status-Global/State:
Global: G5 Wisconsin: S4
Distinguishing Characteristics:
With its powerful wings and legs, the dragonhunter lives up to its name since it feeds largely on other dragonflies. Largest of all clubtails, from 2.9 to 3.5 inches, it is black and yellow-green with a relatively small head, a stout abdomen, and long legs. There is only one species in this genus.
Description of Habitat/Range:
Common throughout eastern part of United States, this species is usually found at streams and rivers with moderate to fast currents, and sometimes lake channels or bays. The adults forage over open roadways and open sunny areas on streams. It is widespread in northern Wisconsin.
Flight Season:
Early June to late August in Wisconsin.
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photo of Male dragonhunter
Male dragonhunter — Dan Jackson
photo of Male dragonhunter
Male dragonhunter — Dan Jackson
photo of Close-up of male dragonhunter thorax
Close-up of male dragonhunter thorax — Dan Jackson
photo of Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male dragonhunter
Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male dragonhunter — Dan Jackson
photo of Female dragonhunter
Female dragonhunter — Dan Jackson
photo of Female dragonhunter
Female dragonhunter — Dan Jackson
photo of Female dragonhunter
Female dragonhunter — Dan Jackson
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