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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide
Species Group: Invertebrate
State: Special Concern
At approximately 1.7”, the rapids clubtail is a small black and green clubtail with pale grayish-green eyes. The thorax is black and has two wide “L” shaped frontal stripes, black shoulder stripes and two distinctive pale lateral stripes. The female’s coloring is bright yellow on black.
DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
The rapids clubtail ranges from Alabama to Maine and west to Minnesota. They are found in northwestern New Jersey along rivers and streams that are moderate to fast flowing.
Nymphs feed on aquatic insects, small fish, and tadpoles. Adults consume small aerial insects such as flies and mosquitoes.
Rapids clubtails have a very short and early flight season from late May to late June.
CURRENT STATUS, THREATS, AND CONSERVATION
There are only three known populations of the rapids clubtail in New Jersey and the species is considered a species of Special Concern in the state.
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 Larissa Smith in 2011.
Species: G. quadricolor
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