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Gray-green Clubtail (Arigomphus pallidus) by Mark Shields
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distribution Southern portion of the state; recorded from Robeson County on the west to Pender County on the east. As one would surmise, NC lies at the northeastern corner of the species' range.
abundance Though common in much of Florida, it is rare (formerly) to now uncommon (at least locally) in its small range in NC. Thankfully, there have been a number of recent records in the past few years, and thus it is not as scarce as formerly believed.
flight Late spring to midsummer; generally from the latter half of May to early August, plus a quite late record (photo) from 2 September.
habitat In NC, it has been seen only along blackwater rivers and large blackwater creeks. Over the range as a whole, it favors swampy areas along slow-moving waters, such as habitat suitable for alligators (fide Chris Hill). Thus, it could occur in NC in swampy backwaters or other waters away from rivers.
behavior The species perches readily on the ground such as riverbanks or pond margins, and can be conspicuous where it occurs.
comments For a clubtail, this is one of the easiest species to identify. The sides of the thorax are essentially unmarked and very dull, washed-out gray-green or pale green. Most other clubtails have conspicuous diagonal dark or light stripes on the thorax. Chris Hill observed 19 individuals on 13 July 2014 along the Little Pee Dee River in SC, perhaps only 10-20 miles down the Lumber River (same body of water) from the NC/SC state line. In 2016, Mark Shields re-located the species (two individuals) at or near Duncan Cuyler's original location along the Northeast Cape Fear River in Pender County; he also photographed one on the Brunswick County side of the Waccamaw River. James Reber also photographed one near the known Pender County site, in June 2016. As predicted from the results along the Waccamaw River, the species was discovered in May 2017 by Shields by kayaking the Lumber River, and thus adding Robeson and Columbus to the known counties of occurrence in the state. New Hanover County was added for the first time in 2018, as was a new location in Brunswick County, where the breeding site is likely along a creek (Town Creek) and not a rather large river. Shields documented a first record for Bladen County in 2019 with a photo from the Black River -- an expected site for its occurrence.

Owing to a number of recent records, from a handful of different blackwater rivers and creeks, the species has now (2020) been given a State Rank of S2, instead of the previous S1.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-02 16:17:52

Photo Gallery for Gray-green Clubtail   17 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Ed Corey

Comment: Columbus, 2020-06-07, Observed at White Marsh, basking on exposed rocks
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2019-06-28, Black River, from Hunts Bluff Boating Access Area to 5km upstream and back, by kayak - First record for Black River. First record for county.
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2019-06-21, Lake Waccamaw State Park (LAWA) - 1 male, 1 female along Lakeshore Trail near spillway
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Robeson, 2018-07-15, Lumber River, from Fair Bluff Boating Access Area to South Carolina line, by kayak - male
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2018-06-08, Northeast Cape Fear River at Riverside Park, Castle Hayne. First record for county.
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2018-06-08, Northeast Cape Fear River at Riverside Park, Castle Hayne. First record for county.
Photo 7 by: Hunter Phillips, Cathy Songer

Comment: Brunswick, 2018-05-25, Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve
Photo 8 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Pender, 2017-09-02, - Old female at ramp on NE Cape Fear River off Shaw Highway
Photo 9 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2017-06-04, - Several males still below spillway from Lake Waccamaw.
Photo 10 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-28, - Males perched in sunny areas below spillway from Lake Waccamaw
Photo 11 by: John Petranka

Comment: Pender, 2017-05-26, Holly Shelter Game Land, Holly Shelter Boating Access Area, dike between Northeast Cape Fear River and greentree impoundment. - 2 males, 1 female.
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2017-05-25, Holly Shelter Game Land, dike between Northeast Cape Fear River and greentree impoundment, southwest of Holly Shelter Boating Access Area - 3 males, 1 female
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2017-05-25, Holly Shelter Game Land, dike between Northeast Cape Fear River and greentree impoundment, southwest of Holly Shelter Boating Access Area - 3 males, 1 female
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-17, Lumber River; Lumber River State Park - Princess Ann Access to Fair Bluff Boating Access Area by kayak
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2017-05-17, Lumber River; Lumber River State Park - Princess Ann Access to Fair Bluff Boating Access Area by kayak
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2016-06-20, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access to 6 km upstream
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-06-17, Holly Shelter Game Land, dike between Northeast Cape Fear River and greentree impoundment , southwest of Holly Shelter Boating Access