Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

University of Nebraska State Museum - Division of Entomology


Macromiidae Family

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Cruisers are so called because they spend much of their time cruising up and down rivers or along lake shores. When not patrolling, they hang vertically from trees or shrubs. They are large and brightly marked: brilliant green eyes and yellow stripes and triangles on a black thorax and abdomen. The last few segments of the abdomen are wider, forming a club shape.

Only one Nebraska Cruiser specimen exists: a single larva found in Gage County. It is likely, but not certain, that it is a Swift River Cruiser, which occurs in Iowa and Kansas.

Swift River Cruiser
Swift River Cruiser, photo courtesy of Ann Johnson

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