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Macromiidae - River Cruisers

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Subphylum: Hexapoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Odonata
 Family: Macromiidae

Royal River CruiserThe dragonflies in this family are known for flying right down the middle of streams and rivers at high speeds. They even fly right down the middle of roads! 

River cruisers are large dragonflies. Most species in this family have green eyes that almost meet at the top of their heads.

Females in this family lay their eggs by dipping the tip of their abdomen in the water as they fly over it.

There are nine species found in North America.

 

 

 

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

  North American Species

Swift River Cruiser - Macromia illinoiensis North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
Stream Cruiser - Didymops transversa
North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
  Allegheny River Cruiser - Macromia alleghaniensis  North America More Info
Bronzed River Cruiser - Macromia annulata  Least Concern North America More Info
Gilded River Cruiser - Macromia pacifica North America More Info
Mountain River Cruiser - Macromia margarita  Near Threatened North America More Info
Royal River Cruiser - Macromia taeniolata North America More Info image
Western River Cruiser - Macromia magnifica North America More Info

Selected Species Around the World


Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Regal Pond Cruiser  - Epophthalmia elegans  Least Concern Asia
Macromia erato  Vulnerable Asia
Macromia flinti  Critically Endangered Asia
Macromia irina  Vulnerable Asia
Macromia katae  Vulnerable Asia More Info
Macromia kubokaiya  Endangered Asia
Splendid Cruiser  - Macromia splendens Vulnerable Europe image More Info
Club-tailed Cruiser  - Macromia urania   Least Concern Asia
Rainforest Cruiser  - Macromia viridescens Not Enough Data  Australia
Two-banded Cruiser  - Phyllomacromia contumax  Least Concern Africa image



  Phyllomacromia funicularioides  Near Threatened Africa
Kimmins' Cruiser  - Phyllomacromia kimminsi  Least Concern Africa
Western Double-spined Cruiser - Phyllomacromia lamottei  Not Enough Data  Africa
Unicorn Cruiser  - Phyllomacromia monoceros    Least Concern Africa
Brown-templed Cruiser - Phyllomacromia occidentalis Not Enough Data  Africa
Clubbed Cruiser  - Phyllomacromia overlaeti  Least Concern Africa
Darting Cruiser  - Phyllomacromia picta Least Concern Africa image
Conbo Double-spined Cruiser - Phyllomacromia villiersi  Not Enough Data  Africa


Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio New Hampshire Species NH Species

Allegheny River Cruiser - Macromia alleghaniensis  Photos North America
The Allegheny River cruiser is found across the eastern U.S. from New Jersey south to Georgia and west to Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Allegheny River Cruiser - Macromia alleghaniensis profile Photos North America
The Allegheny River cruiser is found near cool, upland streams.
Source: Odonata Central - Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Bronzed River Cruiser - Macromia annulata Photos Least Concern North America
The bronzed river cruiser is found in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas , and Mexico.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bronzed River Cruiser - Macromia annulata  profile Photos Least Concern North America
The bronzed river cruiser is found near large rivers and streams.
Source: Odonata Central - Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Gilded River Cruiser - Macromia pacifica profile Photos North America
The gilded river cruiser is found from Ohio and Indiana south to Texas.
Source: Odonata Central - Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Mountain River Cruiser - Macromia margarita Photos Near Threatened North America
The mountain river cruiser is found in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Royal River Cruiser - Macromia taeniolata profile Photos North America
The royal river cruiser is found in the eastern U.S. from  Delaware south to Florida and west to Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Source: Odonata Central - Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Stream Cruiser - Didymops transversa Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The stream cruiser is found in the eastern U.S. and Canada from Manitoba to Nova Scotia and south to Texas and Florida.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Stream Cruiser - Didymops transversa profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The stream cruiser is found near large streams and rivers.
Source: Odonata Central - Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Swift River Cruiser - Macromia illinoiensis Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Swift River cruiser is found in the eastern U.S.
Source: Odonata Central - Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Swift River Cruiser - Macromia illinoiensis Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The Swift River cruiser is also known as the Illinois River Cruiser.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Western River Cruiser - Macromia magnifica Photos North America
The western river cruiser is found from southern British Columbia south to California and Arizona.
Source: Odonata Central - Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Western River Cruiser - Macromia magnifica Photos North America
The western river cruiser is 2.5-3 inches in length.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Splendid Cruiser  - Macromia splendens profile Photos Vulnerable Europe
The splendid cruiser is found in France, Portugual, and Spain.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Macromia katae Photos   Vulnerable Asia
Macromia katae is found in China, Hong Kong, and Laos.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes