Clamp-tipped Emerald
Somatochlora tenebrosa
The Clamp-tipped Emerald (Somatochlora tenebrosa) is a dragonfly of the eastern U.S. It ranges rarely as far west as Texas and Oklahoma, but its main range appears to be the eastern forests. The species can sometimes be found patrolling along dirt roads within forests, especially in the morning or evening rather than in the heat of the day. One of the shots here shows a male in-hand which had been netted, but the other two shots are of a different male perched 15 feet high on a twig on the edge of pine woodland. Note the unique appendages. All shots were taken near the historic village of Palo Alto, Clay County, Mississippi, in July 2005, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 580 flash.
The female Clamp-tipped Emerald in the next two images was posed for these shots in Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, in August, 2009.
The next 2 shots show female Clamp-tipped Emeralds near Palo Alto, Clay Co., Mississippi, in July, 2010. These are posed shots.
The male Clamp-tipped Emerald on the right was at Mountain Fork Park, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma, in July, 2011. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.