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Phanogomphus exilis
Lancet Clubtail

(Selys, 1854)
Gomphidae, Clubtail Family
photo of Male lancet clubtail
Male lancet clubtail — Dan Jackson
Status-Global/State:
Global: G5 Wisconsin: S4
Distinguishing Characteristics:
The lancet clubtail is a medium-sized dull yellowish dragonfly with brown stripes on shoulders and on thorax. The length of the body varies from 1.5 to 1.9 inches.The abdomen is black with yellow dorsal stripe and yellow sides at the end. Thighs are brown in males, green in females with shins pale for both genders. For the males, eyes are bluish, grayish for females. Clubtail species are very similar to each other in some aspects, careful inspection is needed to identify them.
Description of Habitat/Range:
Commonly found throughout eastern United States and eastern Canada, this species is found at slow vegetated streams, shallow marsh-bordered lakes, and marsh-bordered ponds. Uncommon in Wisconsin, it is widely distributed throughout the state.
Flight Season:
Late May to late August in Wisconsin.
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photo of Male lancet clubtail
Male lancet clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Male lancet clubtail
Male lancet clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Immature male lancet clubtail
Immature male lancet clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male lancet clubtail
Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male lancet clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Female lancet clubtail
Female lancet clubtail — Dan Jackson
photo of Immature female lancet clubtail
Immature female lancet clubtail — Dan Jackson
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