Wisconsin Odonata Survey


Stylogomphus albistylus  (Hagen in Selys, 1878)
Eastern Least Clubtail

Gomphidae, Clubtail Family


Global: G5     Wisconsin: S3    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

In this small clubtail, the thorax is mostly pale green in males and greenish yellow in female. The face and thorax are striped with black The length of the slender body varies from 1.2 to 1.4 inches. The black abdomen often has narrow rings. The legs are black.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Ranging through eastern United States and southeastern Canada, the least clubtail prefers wide gravelly, rocky riffles of warm or cold, clear streams. In Wisconsin, it is only known from a handful of northern counties.

Flight Season:

Early June to mid-August in Wisconsin.

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 Teneral male eastern least clubtail
Teneral male eastern least clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Teneral male eastern least clubtail
Photo of Female eastern least clubtail
Female eastern least clubtail. © Jerry DeBoer

Female eastern least clubtail

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