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Arigomphus furcifer  (Hagen in Selys, 1878)
Lilypad Clubtail


Gomphidae, Clubtail Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S3S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Lilypad clubtails average about 2.0 inches long. The males are dark green with black shoulder and thoracic stripes. The abdomen of males is mostly black with a small flare at end of abdomen. The females are yellowish with black markings. The eyes are blue-green. The legs are black.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Ranging throughout northeast United States, this species can be found at ponds, lakes, and slow streams with floating vegetation, often with submergent vegetation and low brushy shores, including bog lakes. Uncommon, it is widely distributed throughout Wisconsin.

Flight Season:

Mid-May to mid-August throughout their range. In Wisconsin, they have been documented from late May to early July.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
7%
(10)
77%
(114)
17%
(25)
Shading illustrates monthly percentages of the total flight season records for the species. Each flight season record is a unique date/location/observer combination where one or more adult or an exuvia was recorded (excludes nymphs). The actual number of flight season records for each month is shown in parentheses.

Flight seasons begin earlier in the southern part of the state, often by a week or more. Also, flight charts may not be accurate for rare species because of few data available.
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Photo of Male lilypad clubtail
Male lilypad clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Male lilypad clubtail
Photo of Male lilypad clubtail
Male lilypad clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Male lilypad clubtail
Photo of Male lilypad clubtail
Male lilypad clubtail. © Ryan Brady

Male lilypad clubtail
Photo of Female lilypad clubtail
Female lilypad clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Female lilypad clubtail
Photo of Female lilypad clubtail
Female lilypad clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Female lilypad clubtail



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