Slender Clubtails, Genus Gomphus, subgenus gomphus, include 6
species that occur in New Jersey: Lancet Clubtail, Ashy Clubtail,
Dusky Clubtail, Rapids Clubtail, Beaverpond Clubtail and Harpoon
Clubtail. As a group, they are among the most common early Odes, but
several of the group are quite rare and local. They can be
frustratingly similar and the common ones especially show
considerable variation, individually, between populations and also
as they age.
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word of warning: one or more of the quiz Odes may not be a Slender
Clubtail but a different genus instead.
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