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Southern Pygmy Clubtail (Lanthus vernalis) by Richard Stickney
Compare with: Sable Clubtail   Cherokee Clubtail  
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distribution Throughout the mountains. Known from nearly all counties in the mountain province, but no records downstate. Despite the common name -- Southern (as opposed to the Northern, for Lanthus parvulus) -- this is an Appalachian and somewhat Northern species, ranging south only to the extreme northern mountains of GA.
abundance Fairly common and widespread. It is one of the more numerous of the clubtails in the NC mountains, even in the southernmost mountain counties.
flight Though both Dunkle (2000) and Beaton (2007) mention or graphically portray the early date as mid-May, many have been seen in NC earlier in the season. Perhaps global warming is moving the flight in NC earlier, but its flight in the state is now from mid-April to mid- or late July. The peak occurs from mid-May to early June.
habitat Typically breeds at small, rocky streams, often where shaded.
behavior Usually seen perched on vegetation, often well away from streams, but in wooded areas, such as along wide trails and dirt roads. Rather unwary and easily studied.
comments By mid-May, this can be a somewhat easily found dragonfly near streams and along dirt roads through bottomlands or along streams. It is one of the smaller clubtails, and it is somewhat slender as well. Interestingly, Dunkle (2000) calls the species "uncommon" across its range, and Beaton (2007) calls it "rare to locally uncommon" in its small northern Georgia range. Perhaps it is more common in NC than elsewhere within its range.
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Photo Gallery for Southern Pygmy Clubtail   21 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by:

Comment: , 0000-00-00, - Near South Toe River, Burnsville
Photo 2 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-04-17, Hot Springs area
Photo 3 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-04-17, Hot Springs area
Photo 4 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-04-17, Hot Springs area
Photo 5 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka and party.

Comment: Avery, 2019-05-21, Pond on private property that adjoins the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Avery County. - 1 male, 1 female.
Photo 6 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-05-29, Little Glade Pond on Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 7 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-05-29, Little Glade Pond on Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 8 by: Jason Love

Comment: Macon, 2016-05-01, Found at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve - Female
Photo 9 by: Lori Williams

Comment: Henderson, 2015-06-05, on arm of deck chair at my residence in Fletcher
Photo 10 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2015-05-02, old logging road near FS 81 bridge over Big Santeetlah Creek
Photo 11 by: Bob Cherry

Comment: Jackson, 2012-07-16, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 12 by: Tim Martin

Comment: Swain, 2012-05-10, Below footbridge over Oconaluftee River that begins the Kephart Prong Trail, located off of Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, elevation ca. 3000 feet. From Martin's Flickr page. - 1 male, 1 female. Photo is of female.
Photo 13 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-28, Max Patch, Pisgah Forest - female
Photo 14 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Gail Lankford, Janie Owen

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-28, Max Patch, Pisgah Forest - female
Photo 15 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-12,
Photo 16 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Yancey, 2010-05-23, - Mt Mitchel area
Photo 17 by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Graham, 2006-04-28.
Photo 18 by: Will Cook - Will's website

Comment: Clay Co., NC 5/22/05
Photo 19 by: Will Cook - Will's website

Comment: Clay Co., NC 5/22/05
Photo 20 by: Jeffrey Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Buncombe, 2004-06-26.
Photo 21 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2006-07-22, female