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    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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A yellowish dragonfly with black on its wingtips and near the body

The wings are what stands out on this Calico Pennant Dragonfly


A Checklist of Dragonflies of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Revised 2/26/2004

A printed version of a dragonfly factsheet, with additional information is also available.

Calopterygidae - broad-winged damsels
___ River Jewelwing, Calopteryx aequabilis
___ Ebony Jewelwing, Calopteryx maculate
___ American Ruby-spot, Hetaerina americana

Coenagrionidae - pond damsels
___ Blue-fronted dancer, Argia apicalis
___ Blue-tipped Dancer, Argia tibialis
___ Hagen's Bluet, Enallagma hageni

Aeshnidae - darners
___ Canada Darner, Aeshna canadensis
___ Lance-tipped Darner, Aeshna constricta
___ Shadow Darner, Aeshna umbrosa
___ Green Darner, Anax junius
___ Springtime Darner, Basiaeschna janata
___ Fawn Darner, Boyeria vinosa

Gomphidae - clubtails
___ Horned Clubtail, Arigomphus cornutus
___ Black-shouldered Spinyleg, Dromogomphus spinosis
___ Midland Clubtail, Gomphurus fraternus
___ * Splendid Clubtail, Gomphurus lineatifrons
___ Cobra Clubtail, Gomphurus vastus
___ * Skillet Clubtail, Gomphurus ventricosus
___ Moustached Clubtail, Gomphus adelphus
___ Green-faced Clubtail, Gomphus viridifrons
___ Ashy Clubtail,Gomphus lividus
___ * Rapids Clubtail, Gomphus quadricolor
___ Dusky Clubtail, Gomphus spicatus
___ Dragonhunter, Hagenius brevistylus
___ * Extra-striped Snaketail, Ophiogomphus anomalus
___ Boreal Snaketail, Ophiogomphus colubrinus
___ * Pygmy Snaketail, Ophiogomphus howei
___ Rusty Snaketail, Ophiogomphus rupinsulensis
___ * St. Croix Snaketail, Ophiogomphus susbehcha
___ Common Sanddragon, Progomphus obscurus
___ * Riverine Clubtail, Stylurus amnicola
___ Arrow Clubtail, Stylurus spiniceps

Cordulegastridae - spiketails
___ Twin-spotted spiketail, Cordulegaster maculate
___ * Arrowhead Spiketail, Cordulegaster oblique

Macromiidae - cruisers
___ Stream Cruiser, Didymops transversa
___ Illinois River Cruiser, Macromia illinoiensis

Cordulidae - emeralds
___ Racket-tailed Emerald, Dorocordulia libera
___ Beaverpond Baskettail, Epitheca canis
___ Prince Baskettail, Epitheca princes
___ Common Baskettail, Epitheca cynosure
___ Spiny Baskettail, Epitheca spinigera
___ * Smoky Shadowfly, Neurocordulia molesta
___ * Stygian Shadowfly, Neurocordulia yamaskanensis
___ * Kennedy's Emerald, Somatochlora kennedyi

Libellulidae - skimmers
___ Calico pennant, Celithemis elisa
___ Dot-tailed Whiteface, Leucorrhinia intacta
___ Pied Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa
___ Four-spotted Skimmer, Libellula quadrimaculata

___ (no common name) Ladona julia
___ Whitetail, Plathemis lydia

* Population is listed as endangered, threatened, rare, or of special concern by state and/or federal agencies.

Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.