Spinyleg Clubtails

A spinyleg dragonfly, possibly a southeastern spinyleg clubtail, closeup.
Scientific Name
Dromogomphus spp.
Gomphidae (clubtails) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

Spinyleg clubtails are dragonflies in genus Dromogomphus. There are at least three species in our area that look very similar, with differences in leg spines and dark markings on the body. Learn more about spinyleg clubtails and other dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) in their group entry.

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About Land Invertebrates in Missouri
Invertebrates are animals without backbones, including earthworms, slugs, snails, and arthropods. Arthropods—invertebrates with “jointed legs” — are a group of invertebrates that includes crayfish, shrimp, millipedes, centipedes, mites, spiders, and insects. There may be as many as 10 million species of insects alive on earth today, and they probably constitute more than 90 percent all animal species.