Hagenius brevistylus (Dragonhunter)Vermont’s largest gomphid and, to many, among the most charismatic of dragonflies. Has a scattered distribution on rivers, streams, lakes and ponds, primarily in the northern part of the state. Sites range from the Connecticut River to small pond outlets where females lay eggs in still water that presumably drift downstream. While many encounters are of few individuals, it has been seen in higher numbers (as many as six individuals patrolling close to one another) on certain lakes. Trailside encounters away from water are not uncommon. Despite its somewhat formidable appearance, this is among our most unwary and easy-to-catch clubtails.

Conservation Status

State: S3S4
Global: G5

Flight Period

June 8 – August 30

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Vermont Distribution