Cobra Clubtail

Photo of a Cobra Clubtail dragonfly
Scientific Name
Gomphurus vastus
Gomphidae (clubtails) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

The cobra clubtail is in the family of dragonflies called clubtails, named for the enlarged abdomen tip. There are about 100 species in this dragonfly family in North America north of Mexico, and more than 900 in the world. Learn more about the cobra clubtail and other dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) in their group entry.

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