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Mustached or Spine-crowned Clubtails? - Hylogomphus abbreviatus

Mustached or Spine-crowned Clubtails? - Hylogomphus abbreviatus
Oromocto, Sunbury County, New Brunswick, Canada
June 3, 2015
I walked some trails within a nice maple riparian habitat along the banks of the Oromocto River near the town of the same name. Eventually I saw two newly emerged adults high up on the base of the bridge on Highway 102. I had to scramble along the skirt of the support and use my telephoto at 300 mm to get even poor pics of the newly emerged tenerals (!). The first one was at medium height and was sitting with wings raised.

I think this might be a GOMPHIDAE Mustached Clubtail, Gomphus adelphus, but I would like confirmation, especially in light of the other opinion that it might be a Spine-crowned Clubtail (Gomphus abbreviatus). I'm not familiar with this latter species.

Denis Doucet says: "On the Moustached Clubtail, how would one distinguish it from the very similar and closely related Spine-crowned Clubtail (Gomphus abbreviatus)? The reason I ask is that individual seems to have a lot of yellow on the lateral surface of the last few segments of the abdomen and it does NOT seem to have much in the way of dark markings (mustaches) on the "face", from what I can see in the image, but I could be wrong."

See the discussion and images at Birding New Brunswick - Odes HERE.

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