Minnesota Dragonfly

Russet-tipped Clubtail

Stylurus plagiatus

The Russet-tipped Clubtail is a pale Clubtail with blue eyes and a rusty colored abdomen. They are typically found around slow moving silty rivers and streams. In Minnesota they are mostly found near the Mississippi River in the southern part of the state.


Field Marks
  • Average adult size is approximately from 2.1 to 2.6 inches
  • Pale face with no facial markings
  • Immature Russet-tipped Clubtail's have grey eyes that turn blue as they mature
  • Pale thorax with 4 distinct thoracic stripes
  • Legs pale at the base and black at the bottom
  • Dark abdomen with pale lance shaped top spots on segments 3 to 6 and a small triangular spot on segment 7
  • Segments 7 to 10 are a rusty orange color
  • Sides of segments 7 to 10 mustard yellow color with a black outline

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Natural History


Russet-tipped Clubtails are active throughout most of the day. Males patrol back and forth over their breeding territory. When not at the water they usually perch vertically in the trees or horizontally on leaves that bend down under their weight


Silty bottomed Rivers, steams and lakes with little to no current


Pairs typically mate in trees or bushes. Females lay eggs by flying fast and low over the water and dipping their adbomen at regular intervals, sometimes perching in between ovipositing.

Range Maps

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