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Dragonfly - Phanogomphus borealis

Dragonfly - Phanogomphus borealis
Frost Valley, Ulster County, New York, USA
May 20, 2003
Thanks for any help.

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Dragonfly - Phanogomphus borealis Dragonfly - Phanogomphus borealis

Moved from Clubtails.

I agree with the assessment of a teneral male Beaverpond Clubtail. Those frontal thoracic stripes are pretty distinctive.

To everybody that helped with this ID. I never thought that it could be done.

New York in May limits the Clubtails extensively. And this view of the end terminus of this male teneral specimen likely brings us down to Gomphus descriptus versus Gomphus borealis with my money going to G. borealis, the Beaverpond Clubtail.

simmilar to Epiophlebia but DEFINATLY wrong local
Epiophlebia superstes or laidlawi are simmilar, but they are among an ancient family, Epiophlebiidae, and only found in a few locations in Asia and Japan. I realize the likelyhood is nearly 0 for this but just thought i'd throw it out there. Its the 3rd picture down here

It looks like a gonphid. Perhaps Hagenis brevistylus? About how big(long) was it? and do you hae any more pictures....also is this a posed shot? I ask because the wings are in an odd position if not posed

Not posed
It just landed on the bench where I was sitting on. It was next to the pond where the nymph's picture was taken; perhaps they belong to the same species.

I agree
A teneral Clubtail was my thought, too. That would explain the odd position of the wings, not quite all pumped up and ready to work yet.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

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