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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide


Image of An adult female rapids clubtail.Zoom+ An adult female rapids clubtail. © Allen Barlow

Rapids clubtail

Gomphus quadricolor

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Special Concern

 


IDENTIFICATION

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.

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

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.

DIET

Nymphs feed on aquatic insects, small fish, and tadpoles. Adults consume small aerial insects such as flies and mosquitoes.

LIFE CYCLE

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.


Scientific Classification

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

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