Pronghorn Clubtail

Phanogomphus graslinellus

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Newly emerged adult pronghorn clubtail dragonfly perched on a grass stem
Pronghorn clubtail freshly emerged adult. Dragonflies are quite pale when they first emerge from their nymphal form. This individual will soon darken considerably.
Jim Rathert
Family

Gomphidae (Clubtails) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

Description

The pronghorn clubtail is one of several members of its genus in our area that are rather hard to separate into species. Specialists usually must have them in hand in order to make solid IDs, because they need to examine minute details of stripes and other markings, as well as details of reproductive anatomy.

Like other clubtails in genus Phanogomphus, the pronghorn clubtail is a medium-sized, rather slender dragonfly with a rather slender "club" on its tail, compared to other members of the clubtail family.

Learn more about this and other dragonflies on their group page.