Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) cynosura
The Common Baskettail (subgenus Tetragoneuria) is a medium-sized, dull brown dragonfly with a series of yellow-orange lateral spots on its stout abdomen. Many individuals have a large brown triangular spot at the base of each hindwing; however, the wings may be clear. The eyes range from blue or green in adults to red-brown in juveniles. It is very similar to our other Tetragoneuria baskettails (Dot-winged and Spiny).
Common Baskettail. Photo courtesy of Rick Schmid.
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 36-44 mm (1.4-1.7 in)
Habitat: sand-bottomed lakes, ponds and slow streams
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: May to July
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