The Brimstone Clubtail (Stylurus intricatus) is a small, yellow clubtail of the west in scattered locations from west Texas to southern California, into parts of Nevada, Utah, Kansas and Nebraska. It is a dragonfly of slow moving rivers and sometimes irrigation and drainage canals. The Brimstone is in the genus Stylurus which are known as "hanging clubtails" since members of this genus often, but not always, hang from a perch. The first twenty images on this page were taken in August, 2011, in Corrales, Sandoval Co., New Mexico, near the Rio Grande. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash. A male Brimstone Clubtail is shown on the right.
A pair of Brimstones in copula.
The next seven shots show various male Brimstone Clubtails.
The male on the right was missing his left rear wing, but still flew perfectly well.
The next five shots show female Brimstone Clubtails. The one here was feeding on a small insect.
This female Brimstone is hanging from a cottonwood tree leaf in a characteristic perch for a Stylurus clubtail.
A pair of Brimstones in Copula.
A female Brimstone Clubtail.
It often seems as if dragonflies make an effort to land on the most unattractive perch available, such as a white stick, or in a pile of some sort of other debris. Occasionally, however, one will pick a nice, photogenic perch, such as this female Brimstone Clubtail which perched on a mallow with a nice bloom in the frame.