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Phanogomphus exilis  (Selys, 1854)
Lancet Clubtail


Gomphidae, Clubtail Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The lancet clubtail is a medium-sized dull yellowish dragonfly with brown stripes on shoulders and on thorax. The length of the body varies from 1.5 to 1.9 inches.The abdomen is black with yellow dorsal stripe and yellow sides at the end. Thighs are brown in males, green in females with shins pale for both genders. For the males, eyes are bluish, grayish for females. Clubtail species are very similar to each other in some aspects, careful inspection is needed to identify them.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Commonly found throughout eastern United States and eastern Canada, this species is found at slow vegetated streams, shallow marsh-bordered lakes, and marsh-bordered ponds. Uncommon in Wisconsin, it is widely distributed throughout the state.

Flight Season:

Late May to late August in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
8%
(15)
63%
(115)
25%
(46)
2%
(4)
1%
(2)
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 lancet clubtail
Male lancet clubtail. © Dan Jackson

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

Male lancet clubtail
Photo of Male lancet clubtail
Male lancet clubtail. © Jim Lind

Male lancet clubtail
Photo of Immature male lancet clubtail
Immature male lancet clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Immature male lancet clubtail
Photo of Female lancet clubtail
Female lancet clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Female lancet clubtail
Photo of Immature female lancet clubtail
Immature female lancet clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Immature female lancet clubtail



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