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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide


Image of An adult male robust baskettail.Zoom+ An adult male robust baskettail. © Jim Bangma

Robust baskettail

Epitheca spinosa

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Threatened

 


IDENTIFICATION

Approximately 1.7”, this thick-bodied dragonfly has a wide, untapered abdomen and a distinctive dense coating of white hair on the thorax. Females have reddish eyes, a wider abdomen, and short cerci. Males have metallic green eyes and downturned cerci.

Image of Range of the robust baskettail in New Jersey.Zoom+ Range of the robust baskettail in New Jersey.

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

The robust baskettail reaches its northern limits in New Jersey where it inhabits flood plain swamps and marshes along the coastal plain.

DIET

Predatory larvae and adults feed on other invertebrates.

LIFE CYCLE

The robust baskettail emerges as early as mid April and has been observed until mid May. Females release large masses of yellow or orange eggs on or near emergent vegetation while in flight.

CURRENT STATUS, THREATS, AND CONSERVATION

Due to a scarcity of habitat, the robust baskettail is considered Threatened in New Jersey.


Text derived from the book, Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey. 2009. By Allen E. Barlow, David M. Golden and Jim Bangma. Edited and updated by Karena Di Leo in 2011.


Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
       Class: Insecta
          Order: Odonata
             Family: Corduliidae
                Genus: Epitheca
                   Species: E. spinosa

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