As if Gomphus weren’t a strange enough name, now we’ve got Onychogomphus. These are good-looking medium-sized dragonflies with the most fearsome-looking anal appendages – the males, anyway.
Our first (and so far only) Onychogomphus forcipatus encounter was at the wonderful Pinail Trail in a less-than-wonderful year, 2011; many pools were all but dried up after a long, hot spring.
Difficult to identify by description – need detailed diagrams of appendages – in some of its range (where other similar species occur), but …
- blue-green eyes, greener in the north
- normally 3-celled anal triangle