Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 5, 2014: Common Sanddragon

Common Sanddragon. 8/4/14 (Tyler Harms)

Common Sanddragon, a member of the clubtail family of dragonflies (note the larger, "club-like" end of the abdomen).  The yellow claspers (appendages at the tip of the abdomen) help distinguish this species from others in the clubtail family.  As their name implies, Common Sanddragons prefer streams, rivers, and lakes with sandy bottoms.  The patrol flowing water in search for prey and will often capture their prey in flight as other dragonflies do.  This is the first observation of this species at the Park and the fourth clubtail species observed at the Park this year  It was photographed along the Upland Trail


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