Gray Petaltail, Tachopteryx thoreyi

The gray petaltail (Tachopteryx thoreyi), also known as Thorey’s grayback, is a species of dragonfly that is native to the United States. Its range includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, among other states. It can be found in a number of habitats including woodlands, deciduous forests, and highlands. This species is almost uniformly gray in color, with black markings occurring along the abdomen, and it reaches an average length of 3.1 inches.

The gray petaltail is common throughout most areas of its range and holds a stable population with no major threats. It appears in many protected areas and does not require any conservation efforts. The gray petaltail appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Tachopteryx thoreyi, Gray Petaltail 4, Torreya SP, 4-17-06. Credit: Magnus Manske/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)