The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook


Gomphus  militaris
"Flame-tipped Clubtail"

Gomphus militaris "Flame-tipped Clubtail" of the Family Gomphidae. Gomphidae, of which some 15 species are known in New Mexico, have expanded segments at the end of their long abdomens, giving them the name clubtails. Their coloration is typically bright green, yellow, and brown. The flame-tipped clubtail has clear wings and is of a bright yellow color, marked with rust-brown stripes. The eyes are a deep blue-green, and its long tail is tipped with rust-red coloration. The nymphs are found burrowed in the mud and sediment of ponds or sandy areas of slow moving streams. This is a southwestern species found throughout eastern and southern New Mexico.

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