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Arigomphus furcifer
Lilypad Clubtail

(Hagen in Selys, 1878)
Gomphidae, Clubtail Family
photo of Male lilypad clubtail
Male lilypad clubtail — Dan Jackson
Status-Global/State:
Global: G5 Wisconsin: S3S4
Distinguishing Characteristics:
Lilypad clubtails average about 2.0 inches long. The males are dark green with black shoulder and thoracic stripes. The abdomen of males is mostly black with a small flare at end of abdomen. The females are yellowish with black markings. The eyes are blue-green. The legs are black.
Description of Habitat/Range:
Ranging throughout northeast United States, this species can be found at ponds, lakes, and slow streams with floating vegetation, often with submergent vegetation and low brushy shores, including bog lakes. Uncommon, it is widely distributed throughout Wisconsin.
Flight Season:
Mid-May to mid-August throughout their range. In Wisconsin, they have been documented from late May to early July.
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photo of Male lilypad clubtail
Male lilypad clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Male lilypad clubtail
Male lilypad clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Male lilypad clubtail
Male lilypad clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Close-up of male lilypad clubtail thorax
Close-up of male lilypad clubtail thorax — Dan Jackson
photo of Close-up of male lilypad clubtail face
Close-up of male lilypad clubtail face — Dan Jackson
photo of Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male lilypad clubtail
Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male lilypad clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Female lilypad clubtail
Female lilypad clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Female lilypad clubtail
Female lilypad clubtail — Dan Jackson
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