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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 6

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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 15 or more individuals.
flight Spring season only; early April 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
synonym Gomphus diminutus
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Diminutive Clubtail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: R Emmitt and super DSA crew!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Gamelands
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Gamelands
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

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

Comment: Scotland, 2004-04-10. Sandhills Gamelands
Photo 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