Gomphus pulchellus (m) Western Clubtail D 5530 W 700

079. Western Clubtail  –  Gomphus pulchellus – European Dragonfly photo

The Western Clubtail ( Gomphus pulchellus ) is another Gomphid which is confined to south-western Europe. It is not uncommon, favouring slower or even still waters and it appears quite dull at a distance.

Males are much less club-tailed than other Gomphids with hardly any expansion of Segments 8 and 9 on the abdomen. The yellow base colouring is also more greenish. The eyes are a pale blue and the appendages are forked outwards. As with many species in this family the best definitive identification points are on the thorax. The black lines are thinner all round and the wavy interpleural stripe runs completely across the side.


Los Alcornales N P 8_0958-1 700

Gomphus pulchellus (f) Western Clubtail WP S 705 CS5

Gomphus pulchellus (f) Western Clubtail 3-5695-1 700

Gomphus pulchellus (in cop) Western Clubtail D 5702 -1 700