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Beaverpond Clubtail (Phanogomphus borealis) by Jim Johnson. 2010-06-29 Somerset County, ME
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distribution Known from just one mountain county -- Mitchell. This is the southern end of the range of this Northern species. In fact, it has been recorded in just one VA county (Highland).
abundance Of long historical occurrence in the state (pre-1938), and likely gone forever. There are a few other odonates in the state that have not been seen in over 20-25 years, with a State Rank of SH, but these could well be re-discovered (such as Phantom Darner and Townes's Clubtail).
flight Probably May into July, inferred from Dunkle (2000). The record, which appeared in Brimley's 1938 "The Insects of North Carolina" publication, was taken in July (year not given).
habitat Lakes, ponds, and large, slow-moving streams. Mainly with mud bottoms. Beaver ponds are only one of many habitats used in its range.
behavior Males perch on the ground or vegetation near ponds.
comments Duncan Cuyler (pers. comm. to the N.C. Natural Heritage Program) suggested an historical status for the species, as he had searched for it a few decades ago, and could not find the species. Brimley's publication mentions that it was collected at Magnetic City (now Buladean) in the month of July; obviously, this record is pre-1938 and thus is over 80 years ago. Though ranked currently just as SH (Historical), it could easily be ranked as SX (Extirpated); there appear to be no recent records south of PA.
state_status SR
S_rank SH [SX]
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G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
synonym Gomphus borealis
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-13 17:07:01

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