Harpoon Clubtail - Gomphus (Gomphus) descriptus (Banks, 1896)

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

Range & Habitat:

Known only from Sussex County where it inhabits clean rivers and streams, often near gravel bars.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 7 May
Late Date: 4 July

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Similar to Ashy Clubtail, but black, with more extensive light coloring on the lateral thorax. Frontal stripes broad, with Z-type extensions. See the Slender Clubtail ID page for more detail or take the ID quiz!


Conservation Status:
State: S1 Critically imperiled in NJ
Global: G4 Apparently secure globally