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Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

• Scientific name: Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
• English name: Common Clubtail
• German name: Gemeine Keiljungfer
• French name: Gomphe vulgaire
• Dutch name: Beekrombout
• Swedish name: Sandklubbslända
• Norwegian name: Klubbe-elveøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Aitojokikorento
• Danish name: Almindelig flodguldsmed
• Italian name: Gonfo comune
• Czech name: klínatka obecná
• Slovenian name: Popotni porečnik
• Bulgarian name: Пролетно цигулче
• Typical length: 45-50 mm
• Hindwing: 28-33 mm

Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

The Common Clubtail may be the commonest and most widespread gomphid in Europe, but at least in Italy it's far from numerous. And it's largely absent from Iberia, the British Isles, the South-East and Northern Scandinavia. Gomphus vulgatissimus is a fairly small gomphid. Typically of the species of this genus, its eyes are widely separated. Its legs are entirely black while the black lines on the sides of the thorax tend to be fairly thick. The male's colour changes with age from yellow to green. The yellow (or green) dorsal line on the abdomen stops at segment 8; S8-S10 are entirely black dorsally without interruption.

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen in dorsal view, and the female's head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view.

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