The Ouachita Spiketail (Cordulegaster talaria) is one of the rarest and most difficult to find dragonflies in the United States. It was described new to science in 2004 by Ken Tennessen. It is known from only three counties in Arkansas and one county in southeastern Oklahoma. It is a dragon of shaded spring seeps or bogs within the forest, but it will sometimes come into sunny glades to perch briefly. The first nine shots on this page were taken near Caddo Gap, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, in May, 2011, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash. The first five images show two different males.
The female on the right had captured a prey item and hung up briefly in a Sweet Gum tree allowing a few images to be taken.
The next three shots show male Ouachita Spiketails.