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Sable Clubtail (Stenogomphurus rogersi) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Mustached Clubtail   Southern Pygmy Clubtail   Cherokee Clubtail  
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distribution Mountains only (and apparently into the immediate foothills), throughout the province, as it is a Northern species yet does range into northern GA and AL.
abundance Uncommon, but somewhat widespread in the mountains, with records for two-thirds of the counties in the province. Very rare to rare in the Piedmont foothills close to the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
flight A mid-spring to early summer flier; recent occurrences from 9 May to the end of June. Interestingly, older collection dates fall from 17 June to 7 July. Thus, perhaps owing to global warming, the species is flying earlier in recent decades. The overall flight in the state is mid-May to early July.
habitat Breeds at small and clear, woodland streams, with sand or gravel bottoms.
behavior Males perch on vegetation or rocks, seldom on the ground, near streams. They often perch in shady places and can be hard to see.
comments This species is called "secretive" by Dunkle (2000). Records for this clubtail have, thankfully, been increasing in the past few years, presumably owing to more thorough coverage by biologists in the state. Several new counties (Surry, Burke, and Jackson) were documented in 2018, each with photographs. Even so, the NC Natural Heritage Program has placed the species on the Watch List, at least until more surveys of montane areas have been done for all odonates. There seem to be enough county records, and total records, to recommend a move of the State Rank from S2S3 to S3.
state_status W
S_rank S2S3 [S3]
fed_status
G_rank G4
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
synonym Gomphus rogersi
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Species account update: LeGrand1234

Photo Gallery for Sable Clubtail   21 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02,
Photo 2 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02, STMO; photo by K. Kittelberger
Photo 3 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Alleghany, 2019-06-03, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Big Sandy Creek behind campsite #43. - Males.
Photo 4 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Alleghany, 2019-06-03, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Big Sandy Creek behind campsite #43. - Males.
Photo 5 by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-13, River Road, Murray Branch Meadows
Photo 6 by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-13, River Road, Murray Branch Meadows
Photo 7 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-09, River Road North of Hot Springs
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek. First record for county
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek. First record for county
Photo 10 by: Chuck Smith and John Petranka

Comment: Burke; M, 2018-06-07, Linville River at Linville River Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 316.5 - Female. Perched on vegetation bordering field adjacent to Linville River.
Photo 11 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Surry, 2018-05-22, Grassy Creek at Pilot Knob Park Lane and nearby field - Young female; first county record
Photo 12 by: John Petranka

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2017-05-31, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Stone Mountain Creek, roadside pulloff ca. 100 meters east of Lower Trailhead parking area. North side of road. - Males. Alighting repeatedly on low creekside vegetation in dappled shade.
Photo 13 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2015-06-15, male; West Buffalo Creek, 0.2 mile above Huffman Creek Road
Photo 14 by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-06, Small creek off Lower Flat Creek.
Photo 15 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2014-05-27, Biltmore Estate, Asheville - Female
Photo 16 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2014-05-27, Biltmore Estate, Asheville - Female
Photo 17 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2014-05-27, Biltmore Estate, Asheville - Female
Photo 18 by: Deb O'Neill

Comment: Alleghany, 2010-06-22,
Photo 19 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Watauga, 2007-06-11, male
Photo 20 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes County (M), 2007-05-17, immature male
Photo 21 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Watauga Co., 2006-06-21, male