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Gomphurus lineatifrons  (Calvert, 1921)
Splendid Clubtail


Gomphidae, Clubtail Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G4     Wisconsin: S3    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The splendid clubtail has a club at end of the black abdomen that seems small compared to other clubtails. The club has large yellow lateral spots. Length of the body varying from 2.6 to 2.7 inches making this the largest Gomphurus in Wisconsin. This yellow-green dragonfly has black shoulder and thoracic stripes and black legs. The face has a narrow black facial cross-line with bright green eyes. Clubtail species are very similar to each other in some aspects, careful inspection is needed to identify them.

Description of Habitat/Range:

The splendid clubtail prefers clear, fast-moving, usually rocky rivers with sandy gravel and silt among rocks in eastern United States. Uncommon in Wisconsin, it is widely distributed in northern Wisconsin.

Flight Season:

Late May to mid-July in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
20%
(123)
75%
(454)
4%
(25)
<1%
(3)
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 splendid clubtail
Male splendid clubtail. © Dan Jackson

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

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

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

Female splendid clubtail
Photo of Female splendid clubtail
Female splendid clubtail. © Dennis Paulson

Female splendid clubtail



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