Minnesota Dragonfly

Jade Clubtail

Arigomphus submedianus

The Jade Clubtail is a slender pale Clubtail with green eyes, and an abdomen that has very little clubbing and is rusty brown at the end. They are usually found around muddy, slow-moving streams, rivers and lakes often in flood plain areas


Field Marks
  • Average adult size is approximately 2.0 to 2.2 inches
  • Pale face with no facial markings
  • Bright green eyes
  • Pale thorax with first shoulder stripe bold and second faint. Mid-stripes either broken, incomplete, faint or nonexistant
  • Legs predominantly pale with black highlights
  • Abdominal segment 2 to 6 pale with dark triangular spots
  • Segment 7 to 9 completely rusty-brown color, slightly clubbed
  • Segment 10 rusty-orange color with wide pale claspers

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Field Marks
  • Female is colored similarly to the male
  • Female's eyes are a bit darker green than male's
  • Segments 7 through 9 are rusty-brown color with segment 10 and terminal appendages mostly pale
  • Subgenital plates hang down at around a 45 degree angle

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Natural History


Male Jade Clubtails perch on the ground near the water. May forage in nearby open areas but seldom ventures far from the water


Ponds, lakes, sloughs and slow moving rivers with muddy bottoms. Often found around flood plains


Lays eggs by dipping abdomen into the water

Range Maps

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