Kingdom - Animalia (Animals)
        Phylum - Arthropoda (Arthropods)
                Class - Insecta (Insects)
                        Order - Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
                                Suborder - Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
                                        Family - Cordulegastridae (Spiketails)
                                                Genus - Cordulegaster
                                                        Species - maculata (Twin-Spotted Spiketail) (Bartlett 2011)

The family Cordulegaster is derived from two greek words, kordylinus, meaning "club-shaped" and gaster, meaning "belly".
The species name maculata is Latin for spotted. It is given this name due to the yellow pairs of spots down it's abdomen. (Berger 2004)