Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus

An elegant dragonfly in a large genus. Those bright turquoise eyes and the red-orange flag are fairly distinctive for our area. Likes to perch rather floppily on leaves and stems. Less often on the ground. Females have a less prominent club that is rounded and more subtly orange. Frequents rivers and ponds, including the large Arkansas River waterway.

The most common dragon by far along the sandy hot cactus laden shore area at Holla Bend. This is a fine male with mild wingwear. Fine eye color.

A female with her slimmer tail. She is likely not to full color yet either.

A female from the August 2011 run to Holla Bend. They were perching everywhere. Again the almost all orange red abdomen fading darkly forward.