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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records added in 2021 = 5

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Diminutive Clubtail (Phanogomphus diminutus) by John Petranka
Compare with: Clearlake Clubtail  
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distribution Essentially only the Sandhills region, plus the adjacent southern Coastal Plain, east to Harnett, Cumberland, and Bladen counties. NC lies at the northeastern edge of the species' range. The species has one of the more limited ranges for a dragonfly -- primarily along the Fall Line sandhills from NC, through central SC, to extreme eastern GA.
abundance Uncommon to locally fairly common in the Sandhills, but very rare to the east. Can occur in some numbers, as there are three daily counts of 20 or more individuals.
flight Spring season only; very late March to late May.
habitat Sunny margins of lakes, ponds, pools, and other slow-moving water, often around sphagnum moss or other "boggy" ground.
behavior Adults perch on the ground in the boggy places or dirt/ground nearby. They probably do not stray too far from such wet areas.
comments In the Sandhills, this species is not too difficult to find, if one walks along the boggy, open margins of beaver ponds or man-made ponds, especially looking near sphagnum moss. Wet spots in powerline clearings can also have the species. It is one of the smaller clubtails, appearing similar at a glance to the much more common Lancet Clubtail, but the Diminutive (as the common name implies) is even slimmer and slightly shorter than the Lancet. A previous photo from Brunswick County that was identified as this species has been confirmed by the website editors (in late 2016) as a different species and thus this county has been removed from the range map.
state_status W
S_rank S3S4
fed_status
G_rank G3G4
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
synonym Gomphus diminutus
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-05 10:23:17

Photo Gallery for Diminutive Clubtail   22 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Cumberland, 2021-04-21,
Photo 2 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Richmond; C, 2021-04-13, Lake Bagget, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 3 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Richmond; C, 2021-04-12, Sandhills GL Block A (Lake Bagget and nearby ponds and roads)
Photo 4 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Richmond; C, 2021-04-12, Sandhills GL Block A (Lake Bagget and nearby ponds and roads)
Photo 5 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Scotland, 2020-04-17, - Scotland Lake area - mostly males
Photo 6 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Scotland, 2020-04-17, - Scotland Lake area - mostly males
Photo 7 by: R.Emmitt, H. LeGrand, J. Pippen

Comment: Scotland, 2019-04-28, - Gum Swamp Lake
Photo 8 by: R Emmitt and super DSA crew!

Comment: Scotland, 2018-05-11, Scotland Lake
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake, Sandhills Game Land. Male preying upon a teneral Variable Dancer.
Photo 10 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-08, Sandhill Game Land; Scotland Lake - males and females
Photo 11 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-08, Sandhill Game Land; Scotland Lake - males and females
Photo 12 by: Mike Turner, Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-07, Sandhill Game Land; Scotland Lake
Photo 13 by: John Petranka

Comment: Scotland, 2016-04-23, Sandhills Game Land, Scotland Lake. Mostly males. Photo.
Photo 14 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett, Matt Anderson

Comment: Scotland, 2015-05-03, - Mixed with G. exilis around Scotland Lake and adjacent woodlands/clearings.
Photo 15 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2014-04-26, - Scotland Lake and Lake McKinney
Photo 16 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo 17 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Sandhill Game Land
Photo 18 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Sandhills Game Land
Photo 19 by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Scotland, 2004-04-10. Sandhills Game Land
Photo 20 by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Scotland, 2004-04-10. Sandhills Game Land
Photo 21 by: R Emmitt

Comment: Longer abdomen segments on S7 and S9 than S8 which as you can see is slightly shorter. Scotland County, NC on May 05, 2001. Male
Photo 22 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Bladen, 2020-05-03, Bay Tree State Natural Area