Tiger Spiketail - Cordulegaster erronea (Hagen in Selys, 1878)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Very rare in New Jersey, it is only known from a few northwestern counties. A Bergen County population is apparently extirpated.

Found along small cold streams in forested areas. The males fly low slow patrols along shady streams, frequently hovering.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 23 June
Late Date: 5 September

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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A large blackish dragonfly with green eyes, yellow thoracic stripes and bold yellow rings around the abdomen.

Twin-spotted Spiketail has rows of paired spots dorsally down the abdomen. The uncommon Zebra Clubtail is found in different habitat, has an obviously clubbed abdomen and has smaller, less conspicuous yellow or green abdominal rings.

Conservation Status:
State: S2 Imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G4 Apparently secure globally