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Phanogomphus lividus  (Selys, 1854)
Ashy Clubtail


Gomphidae, Clubtail Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This dull brown dragonfly has two pale lateral stripes on shoulders. The ashy clubtail varies from 1.9 to 2.2 inches in length. The black-brown abdomen is very slender, barely clubbed in males, and has very little yellow markings. The hind thighs vary from pale to dark, pale brown in most cases. The shins also are pale. The face occasionally has cross-lines. The eyes are pale gray to brown or deep violet, especially for females. Clubtail species are very similar to each other in some aspects, careful inspection is needed to identify them.

Description of Habitat/Range:

It is commonly found throughout eastern United States and some parts of Canada. This species prefers gently flowing steams or on lakeshores that are wave-beaten, sometimes found at trout streams. In Wisconsin, it is widely distributed throughout northern two-thirds of the state.

Flight Season:

Late May to mid-August in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
20%
(91)
71%
(319)
7%
(33)
1%
(3)
<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 ashy clubtail
Male ashy clubtail. © Dan Jackson

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

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

Male ashy clubtail
Photo of Male ashy clubtail claspers
Male ashy clubtail claspers. © Ryan Brady

Male ashy clubtail claspers
Photo of Male ashy clubtail claspers
Male ashy clubtail claspers. © Ryan Brady

Male ashy clubtail claspers
Photo of Immature male ashy clubtail
Immature male ashy clubtail. © Dan Jackson

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

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

Female ashy clubtail
Photo of Female ashy clubtail
Female ashy clubtail. © Jim Lind

Female ashy clubtail



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