Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)

In NC, this species can be very difficult to distinguish from Ashy Clubtail (Gomphus lividus). Lancets tend to be smaller and darker, and they usually show lots of yellow on abdomenal segment S9 (the last long segment). In NC, Lancet Clubtails appear in the spring and fly into early summer.
Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
Durham Co., NC
2 May 2006
Durham Co., NC
2 May 2006

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Durham Co., NC
2 May 2006

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
Orange Co., NC
16 Apr 2009

Eye color in this species varies from gray to blue.

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
Orange Co., NC
16 Apr 2009
Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
Orange Co., NC
16 Apr 2009

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Female on left, male on right
Orange Co., NC
27 Apr 2005

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)

Korstian Division, Duke Forest
Orange Co., NC
2 June 2003

Crawford Co., MI
7 July 2003


Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
Orange Co., NC
14 Apr 2004

Pair of Lancet Clubtails mating in wheel formation.

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
Orange Co., NC
14 Apr 2004


Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis)
Wake Co., NC
30 May 2010

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