MIDLAND AND HANDSOME CLUBTAIL
Another Midland Clubtail. Notice that there is a small yellow triangle on the top of Segment 8 (the top segment on the club). Cobra Clubtails lack this yellow triangle on Segment 8, and a Handsome Clubtail would have yellow on the top of both Segments 8 and 9.
I have found Midland Clubtails at Germantown MetroPark, Caesar Creek, the Spring Valley Wildlife Area, and along the Great Miami River. They fly from mid-May through mid-June. (My personal early and late dates are May 17th and June 23rd.)
This is a Handsome Clubtail. These dragonflies look very similar to Midland Clubtails, but Handsome Clubtails have yellow spots on the top of both Segment 8 & 9 (the club). Midland Clubtails have a yellow triangle on Segment 8, but usually no yellow on the top of Segment 9.
This is a very teneral female Midland Clubtail, resting on my pants. Photographed at Germantown MetroPark.
This is another Handsome Clubtail. This species is much less common than the Midland Clubtail, and it has a more restricted range. I have seen several Handsome Clubtails at Germantown MetroPark and one in Miamisburg. They fly in late May and June.
Another Handsome Clubtail at Germantown MetroPark. Notice that the eye color and thorax color are different on this individual from the one above; this individual is more recently emerged.
Cobra Clubtail - all black on the top of S8 & S9.
Midland Clubtail - yellow triangle on the top of S8.
Handsome Clubtail - yellow spots on the top of S8 and S9.
This Midland Clubtail has an unmarked face (unlike the Cobra Clubtail, which has a thick black facial stripe).
This is a Midland Clubtail. They inhabit a wide range of habitats. Midland Clubtails can be found at medium-sized streams, large rivers, and lakes. This is probably the most common river clubtail in our area.
This is a female Handsome Clubtail (verified in hand with the subgenital plate). Note that female Midlands can occasionally show a small spot of yellow on the top of Segment 9, so females are best identified in hand.