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Piedmont Clubtail (Hylogomphus parvidens) by Richard Stickney
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distribution Odd range in NC, probably owing to two separate subspecies being present. The nominate subspecies (Hylogomphus parvidens parvidens) occurs in the western third of the Piedmont and the southern mountains. The Sandhills subspecies (H. parvidens carolinus) occurs in the Sandhills region and in the adjacent Piedmont, with an outlying record from Bladen County. A recent photo from Chatham County and a sight report for Wake County have slightly expanded the range to the northeast. It is not known if the species occurs in the intervening south-central Piedmont, though one would expect that it does.
abundance Rare to uncommon over the range, though there are records for most counties in the Sandhills. Occurs in rather low densities, with a peak daily count of just 7 individuals.
flight Early April to late June, rarely to mid-July. Oddly -- perhaps because of the subspecies differences -- the mountain flight period starts about the same time as those downstate, and seemingly ends earlier; in most species, the flight in the mountains should be staggered later in starting and ending dates than those downstate.
habitat Small or medium creeks, with sandy bottoms and well-vegetated banks.
behavior References indicate that adults seldom perch on the ground or dirt, but instead typically perch on low vegetation close to the water.
comments The species is not overly well known in NC, in part because it is essentially absent from the northeastern Piedmont where more biologists live and study odonates. Nonetheless, based on its range in the state, it does not appear to be rare in at least parts of the range. More field work is needed in the southern Piedmont to determine the boundaries of the ranges of the two subspecies and to determine whether there actually is a small hiatus between their ranges. The NC Natural Heritage Program added the species to its Watch List in 2012.
state_status W
S_rank S3?
fed_status
G_rank G4
synonym Gomphus parvidens
other_name Sandhills Clubtail - Hylogomphus parvidens carolinus
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Piedmont Clubtail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: R.Emmitt, H. LeGrand, J. Pippen

Comment: Scotland, 2019-04-28, Gum Swamp Lake, Crawford Lake - Gum Swamp Lake
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Transylvania, 2018-06-27, French Broad River at Hap Simpson Park, Brevard - 1 male and 1 female perched on low vegetation near river bank
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Transylvania, 2018-06-27, French Broad River at Hap Simpson Park, Brevard - 1 male and 1 female perched on low vegetation near river bank
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-05-27, Lowe\'s River Edge Park - 2 ad.males pair in wheel
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-05-27, Lowe\'s River Edge Park - 2 ad.males pair in wheel
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-05-12, Hitchcock Creek at outfall of Lake Mckinney. - Males.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Caldwell, 2017-06-04, Wilson Creek, US Forest Service access off Brown Mountain Beach Road
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2017-05-29, Stone Mountain SP along creek on Stone Mountain Road - males
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-27, McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-27, McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery
Photo by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Surry, 2017-05-17,
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Richmond; C, 2016-06-13, Naked Creek
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Richmond; C, 2016-06-13, Naked Creek
Photo by: Vin Stanton

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

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

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-04-05, Sandy Mush gamelands northern Buncombe County - male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-04-05, Sandy Mush gamelands northern Buncombe County - male
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Montgomery, 2011-06-02, Uwharrie River
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-06-06, - Sandy Mush gamelands
Photo by: Ted WIlcox

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2007-05-30, male, STMO
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2006-06-09, female