Corkscrew Clubtail, Paragomphus elpidius

The corkscrew clubtail (Paragomphus elpidius) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, among other areas. It prefers a habitat in tropical or subtropical moist and arid forests, savannahs, and shrub lands, where it can be seen near freshwater marshes, lakes, and rivers. Its population numbers are thought to be stable, although it is not known if the species holds a declining or increasing. It is threatened by water pollution and habitat loss due to increasing farming practices. Currently, the corkscrew clubtail appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: Male Corkscrew Hooktail (Paragomphus elpidius) near the Tugela River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)