Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Common Sanddragon is a brown and yellow dragonfly with a narrow club. The brown thorax has a yellow W on top and yellow side stripes. The wings have a small dark spot at the base and a yellow vein along the leading edge. The claspers are pale yellow and can be seen from some distance. The eyes are a dull olive color. The male perches on sunny sandy shores or sandbars, usually with his abdomen tilted upward 45-60 degrees, as shown in the photo to the right. The female resembles the male but with muted colors.
Common Sanddragon male. Photo courtesy of Terry Hibbitts.
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 47-53 mm (1.9-2.1 in)
Habitat: streams, rivers and lakes with sand bottoms
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, MO, IA
Flight season: early June to late July
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