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Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
The Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus) is a fairly common clubtail of the southeast occurring west regularly as far as New Mexico and Colorado. The first 3 shots (one male and two female images respectively) shown here were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas in May, 2003. These digital captures were shot with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 300 mm F4 L IS lens with a 1.4X extender and 550 EX flash. The next shot, of a pair of Eastern Ringtails in copulation, was also taken in Austin, but in June, 2004, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and the same lens as this shot. For a look at a Mexican form of this species, go to page 2 here.
The shot at right shows a male Eastern Ringtail perched on the ground on the edge of Balmorhea Lake, Reeves, Co., Texas, in September, 2006. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The male Eastern Ringtail on the barbed wire fence shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in June, 2008. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The pair of Eastern Ringtails in copula shown here was along the Guadalupe River in Gonzales Co., Texas, in June, 2008. This shot was taken with the same gear as the image just previous.
The next 4 images of Eastern Ringtails were all taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash. The first 2 shots are of a female and the next 2 shots are of a male.
The male Eastern Ringtail shown here was along the banks of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Brewster Co., Texas, in May, 2010.
The male Eastern Ringtail shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in July, 2010. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The female shown here was also in Austin, Texas. This image was taken in August, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The next three shots of male Eastern Ringtails were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in June, 2011, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The female Eastern Ringtails in the next three images were in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in June, 2011. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The next three images of Eastern Ringtails were taken in Gonzales Co., Texas, in August, 2011, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash. The first two shots show a male followed by one shot of a female.

Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Guadalupe River,
Independence Park,
Gonzales, Gonzales Co., Texas
3 August 2011
The male Eastern Ringtail on the right was at the BLM overflow wetlands, Chavez Co., New Mexico, in August, 2011.
The female Eastern Ringtail on the right was at the BLM overflow wetlands near Bottomless Lakes S.P., in Chaves Co., New Mexico, in July, 2012. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 580 flash.
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Pedernales River Nature Park,
Johnson City,
Blanco Co., Texas
13 June 2013
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Balmorhea Lake,
Reeves Co. Texas
21 August 2013
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
13 September 2013
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
13 September 2013
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Blanco River @ Lindeman Rd.,
Blanco, Blanco Co., Texas
1 July 2014
30.0903
-98.3995
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
2 July 2014
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
pair in copula
Guadalupe River,
Independence Park,
Gonzales, Gonzales Co., Texas
3 July 2014
29.4834
-97.4486
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female - in obelisk position
San Marcos River,
ca 3 mi W of Luling,
Caldwell Co., Texas
3 July 2014
29.6669
-97.6979
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female - in obelisk position
San Marcos River,
ca 3 mi W of Luling,
Caldwell Co., Texas
3 July 2014
29.6669
-97.6979
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female - in obelisk position
San Marcos River,
ca 3 mi W of Luling,
Caldwell Co., Texas
3 July 2014
29.6669
-97.6979
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
23 July 2014
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
16 September 2014
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
pair in copula
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
16 September 2014
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
teneral female
Balmorhea Lake,
Reeves Co., Texasa
26 May 2015
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
9 June 2015
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
9 June 2015
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
13 July 2015
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
14 July 2015
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male - perched on maidenhair fern
Mike Murphy Ranch,
Travis Co., Texas
20 July 2015
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
BLM Wetlands,
Chaves Co., New Mexico
15 August 2015
Lat 33.316526, Lon -104.342008
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
pair in copula
Southeast Metro Park,
Travis Co., Texas
13 May 2016
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
22 July 2016
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
13 September 2016
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Tucker Park
at Maidens Crossing,
Goochland Co., Virginia
8 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Tucker Park
at Maidens Crossing,
Goochland Co., Virginia
8 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Tucker Park
at Maidens Crossing,
Goochland Co., Virginia
8 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
male
Tucker Park
at Maidens Crossing,
Goochland Co., Virginia
8 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
teneral male
Tucker Park
at Maidens Crossing,
Goochland Co., Virginia
8 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
pair in copula
Tucker Park
at Maidens Crossing,
Goochland Co., Virginia
12 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Southeast Metro Park,
Travis Co., Texas
20 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
21 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
female
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
29 June 2017
Eastern Ringtail
Erpetogomphus designatus
pair in copula
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
21 July 2017