The Common Sanddragon is a slender brown and yellow Clubtail with cream colored claspers. Currently there are no records of this species in Minnesota, however they have been found just over the border in Wisconsin. As their name would suggest they are usually found around sandy lakes, rivers and streams
The Common Sanddragon is most active during the midday. When not patrolling over the water they can usually by found perched on the sand, rock, or low on vegetation near the water. They can often be witnessed perched in obelisk, with their abdomens pointing towards the sun, to keep cool on warm days
Sandy-bottomed lakes, rivers and streams
Mating can take up to 15 minutes, with males removing any sperm packets deposited by rivals in any previous coupling. Females lay eggs by flying fast and low over the water and tapping their abdomen on the surface dropping eggs. This is one of the only Clubtail species in North America where the males frequently guard the females while they lay eggs, preventing other males from mating with the female until after she has finished ovipositing
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