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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 3

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Green-faced Clubtail (Hylogomphus viridifrons) by John Petranka
Compare with: Mustached Clubtail  
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distribution A Northern species, with the southeastern edge of the range reaching the mountains of the Carolinas and extreme northeastern GA (Rabun County). So far, NC records are only for Ashe, Alleghany, Buncombe, Madison, and Macon counties; however, it is likely being overlooked because of identification difficulties.
abundance Dunkle (2000) says it is "scarce" within its overall range, and NatureServe gives it a G3G4 (rare to uncommon) global rank. Thus, it is assumed to also be rare in NC, especially considering that we have only 23 state records with dates (with 9 of them added in 2018). However, it is not rare immediately along the French Broad River in Madison and Buncombe counties, at least in recent years.
flight Mainly late April into mid- or late June. There is one very early photo record, for 9 April. However, 2012 was an exceptionally warm and early spring, and thus the 9 April record might be an anomaly. There were several other reports from Madison County in 2012 in the April and May period, but data have not yet been entered.
habitat Rocky and fast-moving rivers and large streams. Likes a mixed substrate of silt and gravel.
behavior The species is most active late in the afternoon or in cloudy conditions. Males may perch on rocks in the rivers, or on vegetation or the ground near the shore.
comments This is one of many clubtails that are poorly known in NC, as well as rather rare/scarce throughout the overall range. Thankfully, the large gap in the NC range between Ashe and Macon counties was "filled" by records from Madison and Buncombe counties in spring 2012. Jeff Pippen photographed one (shown on his website) from many angles, on 9 April, and this set of photos was reviewed by experts and determined to be this seemingly rare species. This is a difficult-to-identify species; in fact, several of this website's reviewers/editors have determined in 2016 and 2017 that quite a few photo records previously identified as Mustached Clubtail appear to be Green-faced Clubtail, and have been moved to this species account. Also, Green-faced Clubtail can easily be confused with Cobra Clubtail. All three species occur, or are believed to occur, along the French Broad River in Madison and Buncombe counties. What is most puzzling is that, despite this flurry of recent photographic records from Buncombe and Madison Counties, Duncan Cuyler never collected any individuals of Green-faced Clubtail from either of these counties!
state_status SR
S_rank S1
fed_status
G_rank G3G4
synonym Gomphus viridifrons
other_name
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Green-faced Clubtail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: John Petranka.

Comment: Alleghany, 2019-06-04, New River at Farmers Fish Camp Rd.. - Female. With accumulated egg mass.
Photo by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-29, River Road, 1:30-4:30pm,Broadwingfarm to Murray Branch, sunny high 80s,
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Alleghany, 2018-06-09, New River SP - King's Creek Access - South Fork New River
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Alleghany, 2018-06-09, New River SP - King's Creek Access - South Fork New River
Photo by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Alleghany, 2018-06-03, New River SP - Kings Creek Access Area
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2018-05-14, Along the French Broad River at Hot Springs Campground upstream from the US Hwy 25 bridge. - Males. Perched on rocks in river and low on streamside vegetation.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2018-05-14, Along the French Broad River at Hot Springs Campground upstream from the US Hwy 25 bridge. - Males. Perched on rocks in river and low on streamside vegetation.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2018-05-14, Along the French Broad River at Hot Springs Campground upstream from the US Hwy 25 bridge. - Males. Perched on rocks in river and low on streamside vegetation.
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2018-05-09, River Road north of Hot Springs - Male and Female
Photo by: Tim Deering, Martha Barnette

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-04-29, Richmond Hill Park, creek feeding into French Broad River. - First specimen missing right middle leg. At least two others seen. Between 3:30 and 4:00 pm.
Photo by: Tim Deering, Martha Barnette

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-04-29, Richmond Hill Park, creek feeding into French Broad River. - First specimen missing right middle leg. At least two others seen. Between 3:30 and 4:00 pm.
Photo by: Tim Deering, Martha Barnette

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-04-29, Richmond Hill Park, creek feeding into French Broad River. - First specimen missing right middle leg. At least two others seen. Between 3:30 and 4:00 pm.
Photo by: Tim Deering, Martha Barnette

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-04-29, Richmond Hill Park, creek feeding into French Broad River. - First specimen missing right middle leg. At least two others seen. Between 3:30 and 4:00 pm.
Photo by: Tim Deering, Martha Barnette

Comment: Richmond Hill Park, creek feeding into French Broad River. - First specimen missing right middle leg. At least two others seen. Between 3:30 and 4:00 pm.
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Madison, 2016-06-19, Female on vegetation along the French Broad River on River Road, Hot Springs.
Photo by: Timothy Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2016-05-26, Lower Flat Creek
Photo by: Timothy Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2016-05-26, Lower Flat Creek
Photo by: Janie Owens

Comment: Madison, 2015-06-18, Along French Broad River near Hot Springs - being eaten by a Cobra Clubtail
Photo by: Janie Owens

Comment: Madison, 2015-06-18, Along French Broad River near Hot Springs - being eaten by a Cobra Clubtail
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-05-21, A couple of riverside parks on the French Broad river
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-05-03, Richmond Hill Park - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-05-01, River park in Asheville - Male & Female
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-09. Derb Carter, Will Cook, Jeffrey Pippen. Additional photos at Jeff's site - http://www.jeffpippen.com/dragonflies/greenfacedclubtail.htm
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-09, Derb Carter, Will Cook, Jeffrey Pippen. subgenital plate
Photo by: Jeffrey Pippen

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-09, Derb Carter, Will Cook, Jeffrey Pippen. female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

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

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

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-14, imaged on veg along river and on rock in river - Imaged along French Broad River
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-14, imaged on veg along river and on rock in river - Imaged along French Broad River