The Dragonhunter is the largest dragonfly found in Minnesota. It is black and yellow in color with a small head, thick thorax, long legs, long powerful wings, and a long, slightly clubbed, abdomen.
Often found perched on vegetation on the shore with abdomen hanging down or flat on rocks or ground. Ambushes prey from perch. Prey consists of butterflies, including monarchs, wasps and hornets, Jewelwings, other dragonflies and other insects. Flies with abdomen hanging down in a "J" shape
Typically moderate to swift flowing rivers and streams. Also lakes, although less frequently.
Males patrol territory on shoreline looking for females. Females lay eggs alone by tapping the water with her abdomen to release eggs. Female's are wary during egg laying and will often rise up from the water to survey in between taps.
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