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Sandhill Clubtail by John Petranka
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sciName Phanogomphus cavillaris
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Sandhill Clubtail
distribution Extreme southeastern corner of the state (Bladen and Brunswick counties only); disjunct from the main part of the range in FL and extreme southern GA. Surprisingly, not yet known from SC.
abundance Presumed to be very rare and local in NC, but numerous at one or more sites in Bladen County. Dunkle (2000) calls it "common" in FL, but the fact that the species hasn't been found in SC or most of GA suggests that it must be quite scarce in NC.
flight Spring to very early summer. NC dates fall between mid-April and mid-June.
habitat Sand-bottomed lakes. Individuals are often seen along the shoreline of a natural lake, perching on the sand. One seen in May 2015, however, was over a mile from the nearest lake and perched on the ground along a roadside.
behavior Males perch on the ground or in vegetation near lakes.
comments The subspecies in NC is Phanogomphus cavillaris brimleyi. This subspecies is also found in the panhandle of Florida; the nominate subspecies (P. c. cavillaris) is found throughout the FL peninsula. Ed Corey saw and photographed several individuals on 3-4 June 2008 at bay lakes in Bladen County, to confirm that the species still has a presence in NC. Eighteen additional records were made between 2009 and 2018, all in the same areas in Bladen County as previously known.
state_status SR
S_rank S1
fed_status
G_rank G4
synonym Gomphus cavillaris
other_name Brimley's Clubtail - Phanogomphus cavillaris brimleyi
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Sandhill Clubtail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-20, - Jones Lake. Two females spotted on trails away from water, two males later at water with Mike Turner
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Bladen, 2017-04-17, Jones Lake State Park (JONE). - Females. Recently emerged; on the fishing pier.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-04-16, Bay Tree Lake State Park (BATR)
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Bladen, BATR, 2016-04-27,
Photo by: Rick Cheicante

Comment: Bladen, 2015-05-03,
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Ed Corey

Comment: Bladen, 2013-06-04, seen at Jones Lake State Park - one seen very well
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Ed Corey

Comment: Bladen, 2013-06-04, seen at Jones Lake State Park - one seen very well
Photo by: J. Beane

Comment: Bladen, 2012-05-26,
Photo by: E. Corey

Comment: Bladen, 2008-06-04, male collected