Oklahoma Clubtail Gomphus oklahomensis

This is one member of the true Gomphus genus. These can be tricky. Flies in spring and early summer. If you aren't in the four corners area of OK, TX, AR, LA then you are unlikely to run into this one. Medium-size dragon, the yellow wavy pattern at the club is distinctive once you have seen a few clubs. This is a male and note the club is not that expanded. This separates it from several species with larger spotted clubs like the Ozark Clubtail. In Arkansas I find these most often along wooded trails near creeks in spring.

Female in spring. Very strongly marked with that irregular wavy yellow posteriorly. Compare Plains Clubtail.

Male facial shot showing the striping and the blue eyes. Note the arrowheads down the abdomen.