Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Hagen in Selys, 1858
Ringtails are so called because of the light-colored rings on each of the middle abdominal segments. The brightly-colored male Eastern Ringtails have moderate-sized, orange to yellow clubs. The thorax is green with dark stripes, and the eyes are light blue. Females are marked much like males, but lack the club at the end of the abdomen. The wings often (but not always) have patches of color at their bases.
Eastern Ringtail male
Photo courtesy of Giff Beaton.
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 49-55 mm (2 in)
Habitat: clear, sandy-bottomed streams
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, NM, CO, MO
Flight season: early July to late September
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