Eastern Ringtail Erpetogomphus designatus

A fairly well distributed eastern species that just doesn't seem to show up that often. Prefers rocky or sandy shores and mainly rivers and streams. This one showed up on Charles' lake levee. Beautiful male. Note the full white rings on the abdomen and the burnt orange tail like an Arigomphus. Also the reddish tinting at the wing bases. There are several ringtails but the rest are all western.

And the female. From Norm's camera and region of the state as well. The distinctive thorax is mainly the same. But abdominal markings are much more muted on a wider tube. Compare with the female Sanddragon, which is amazingly similar.

White-belted Ringtail Erpetogomphus compositus

Compare with the western species of the west and southwest. Much paler. With an elongate terminus and bright yellow cerci. Also a stream and river dweller. (Thanks to Charles Mills for photoimproving the shot.)