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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 78

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Lancet Clubtail by Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips
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sciName Phanogomphus exilis
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Lancet Clubtail
distribution Unlike most of the other clubtails in NC, this species ranges throughout the state, occurring in essentially all counties, though there are no records for a handful of mountain and eastern Coastal Plain counties.
abundance Common and widespread. Generally the most common and often seen clubtail over most of the state, especially in the Coastal Plain. Presumably not common in the higher mountains.
flight Mainly in the spring. Downstate, from the end of March to late June, peaking in April and early May. In the mountains, the dates are from mid-April to late July, with a peak in early June.
habitat Breeds mainly at ponds and small lakes, but also at streams.
behavior Adults frequently perch on dirt roads, sunny trails, and other bare areas, often a long way from water. They also perch on low vegetation near water.
comments Over most of the state, this and the similar Ashy Clubtail are the most frequently observed clubtails by the average person, as both frequently perch on dirt roads and are rather unwary. Differentiating between the two can be somewhat tricky, though the Lancet is slightly smaller, slimmer, and brighter-colored, among several other field marks.
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synonym Gomphus exilis
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Species account update: Howard

Photo Gallery for Lancet Clubtail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Alleghany, 2018-06-17, Little Glade Mill Pond at mile marker 230 on the BRP
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-22, Mayo River State Park. Upper pond at headquarters. - Incuding female knocked into water by Unicorn Clubtail, fished out, photographed and released.
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - around ponds near park office
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Johnston, 2018-05-01, Little River at Rains Mill Road bridge, Princeton
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-04-21, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-06-11, Owen Park, Warren Wilson College - Male
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2017-05-07, Shelter Creek Boating Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-04-16, South River at Sloan's Bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Camden, 2017-04-14, Dismal Swamp State Park (DISW)
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Robeson, 2017-04-12, at WRC put in on river 34.591680, -78.983892 - pretty common sunning in grass
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-11, Weetock Trail near Haywood Landing, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2016-06-09, Tuskeegee Motel Pond, female. More than average amount of yellow on S8-S10.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-04-10, my property, Holly Ridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-04-10, my property, Holly Ridge
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Cherokee, 2015-06-15, Cherokee Lake (a dammed creek arm of Hiwassee Lake)
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-05-14, Elk Creek rocky sandbar - common in a couple of places
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett, Matt Anderson

Comment: Richmond; C, 2015-05-03, - Many found around McKinney fish hatchery and Lake Bagget
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Granville, 2013-05-31, Tar River near Berea
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2013-04-18, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-05-25, Owen Park ponds, Warren Wilson College,Swannanoa River - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-05-25, Owen Park ponds, Warren Wilson College,Swannanoa River - Male & Female
Photo by: Steve Hall and Harry LeGrand

Comment: Northampton, 2012-05-08, Observed along a gravel road leading to the Confederate Earth Works on the Roanoke River
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-28, trout pond at Max Patch
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2012-04-19, - photo
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2012-04-08, Riverbend Park - A male and female seen close together in a sunny spot along the Blue Trail
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Durham, 2012-04-01, Eno River - female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at lake Junaluska
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2011-06-05, Imaged at small stream on Buncombe/Madison County border
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-05-26, Male imaged near small pond Fletcher Park
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2011-05-22, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, female
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: Wake, 2011-05-04,
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-05-09, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, male
Photo by: P. Hart

Comment: Harnett; P, 2005-04-17, Male and female in "wheel"
Photo by: ASH

Comment: Moore; C, 2004-04-15, WEWO