Wisconsin Odonata Survey


Hylogomphus viridifrons  (Hine, 1901)
Green-faced Clubtail

Gomphidae, Clubtail Family


Global: G3G4     Wisconsin: S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This stocky green-black clubtail is similar to the mustached clubtail, but with reduced black lines on the face. The length of the body averages about 1.8 inches. Clubtail species are very similar to each other in some aspects, careful inspection is needed to identify them.

Description of Habitat/Range:

It is usually found on rapid streams and rivers with a mixture of gravel, sand, and silt with rocks. It is uncommonly found throughout northeastern United States, including the Appalachian Mountains. Uncommon in Wisconsin, It is known from northern part of the state.

Flight Season:

Late May to mid-July 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 Male green-faced clubtail
Male green-faced clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Male green-faced clubtail
Photo of Male green-faced clubtail
Male green-faced clubtail. © Dennis Paulson

Male green-faced clubtail
Photo of Immature male green-faced clubtail
Immature male green-faced clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Immature male green-faced clubtail
Photo of Female green-faced clubtail
Female green-faced clubtail. © Dan Jackson

Female green-faced clubtail

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