Western Clubtail, Gomphus pulchellus

The western clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) is a species of dragonfly that can be found Western Europe, in a range that includes Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain among other areas. It prefers a habitat near clean, slow moving or still canals, ponds, clay holes, and mud holes. It reaches an average body length between 1.8 and 1.9 inches and is olive green in color with bluish eyes. Despite its name, it lacks the club-shaped abdomen that other clubtail dragonflies have.

The western clubtail can be seen between the months of March and August, depending upon the area of its range. It is most commonly seen reproducing in lowland rivers, but it can be seen in peat bogs at altitudes of up to 4,921 feet. Eggs are laid into sandy areas where the resulting larvae are protected. The species is thought to be common throughout its range and does not have any major threats, so it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Gomphus pulchellus Western Clubtail dragonfly. Credit: Noushka31/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)