Minnesota Dragonfly

Lilypad Clubtail

Ariogomphus furcifer

The Lilypad Clubtail is a slender Clubtail with azure blue eyes. They are usually found around marshy lakes and ponds usually with a lot of water lily. They can often be seen perched on water lily and even emerge on the waterlily, which is how they got their common name


Field Marks
  • Average adult size is approximately 2.0 inches
  • Yellow face with no facial markings
  • Azure blue eyes
  • Greenish-yellow thorax with bold first thoracic stripe followed by narrower 2nd stripe, broken or incomplete 3rd thoracic stripe and the fourth is faint and narrow
  • Black legs with yellow stripe on femora
  • Black abdomen with lance-shaped top spots on segments 3 to 7 and no top spots on 8 and 9
  • Side border of segments 8 to 10 is a rusty color
  • Segment 10 has a yellow top spot which covers most of the segment
  • Wide yellow claspers. Cerci have an inward pointing spike

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Field Marks
  • Female is colored similarly to the male
  • Female has longer abdominal top spots than the males
  • Sometimes females have a tiny triangle at the base of segment 8
  • The females terminal appendages look like a yellow Vikings helmet

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Natural History


This species is often found perched, particularly on lily pads, but they will also perch on tree leaves, other aquatic vegetation, or sometimes on the ground. They hunt in sunlit woodland openings typically close to the water.


Marshy and boggy lakes and ponds with a lot of aquatic vegetation and lily pads. Also slow moving streams.


Females tap their abdomen on the surface of the water every few seconds to lay their eggs

Range Maps

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