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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide


Image of An adult male banner clubtail.Zoom+ An adult male banner clubtail. © Allen Barlow

Banner clubtail

Gomphus apomyius

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Threatened

 


IDENTIFICATION

Reaching 1.5”, the banner clubtail has a brown thorax with light green frontal stripes and brown shoulder stripes that are divided by a pale stripe. The face is plain and eyes are light blue. Males have a wide abdomen, clubtail, with large, lateral yellow spots at the end. Female coloration differs slightly and is overall more yellow and green.

Image of Range of the banner clubtail in New Jersey.Zoom+ Range of the banner clubtail in New Jersey.

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

The banner clubtail exists in a disjunct population in New Jersey’s coastal plain in clean, acidic streams with sandy substrate and organic debris. The full range of the species is from Virginia to Louisiana and west to Texas.

DIET

Nymphs feed on aquatic invertebrates; adults on flying insects.

LIFE CYCLE

Banner clubtails are one of the first to emerge in the spring and are active from late April through mid July.

CURRENT STATUS, THREATS, AND CONSERVATION

Due to limited habitat and rarity in New Jersey, the banner clubtail is considered a Threatened species.


Text derived from the book, Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey. 2009. By Allen E. Barlow, David M. Golden and Jim Bangma. Edited and updated by Karena Di Leo in 2011.



Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
       Class: Insecta
          Order: Odonata
             Family: Gomphidae
                Genus: Gomphus
                   Species: G. apomyius

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