Southern Pygmy Clubtail - Lanthus vernalis (Carle, 1980)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Recorded from the northern tier of states.

Breeds in boggy areas, typically with growths of skunk cabbage.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 7 May
Late Date: 17 July

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Allen Barlow
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Very small with a largely black abdomen and dark claspers. Compare to the Least Clubtail which is usually found on flowing streams and has white claspers. The Northern Pygmy Clubtail, which has been recorded just north of our area, should be looked for.


Conservation Status:
State: S2S3 Rare to imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G4 Apparently secure globally