Stillwater Clubtail
Arigomphus lentulus
The Stillwater Clubtail (Arigomphus lentulus) is an uncommon clubtail of the mid west. It occurs from Indiana and Illinois down through parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas and into about the eastern third of Texas. It prefers ponds, lakes, or sometimes water-filled ditches. It is smaller, but very similar to its relative, the Jade Clubtail (A. submedianus). The male shown here was along the edge of a small pond in Gonzales Co., Texas in June, 2005. These digital captures were shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300 mm F4 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 580 EX flash.
The next 5 shots of Stillwater Clubtail were taken at the same location as the 2 previous shots, but 3 years later, in June, 2008. The later shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
This female Stillwater Clubtail was found along a dirt road in Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co., Texas, in late March, 2011. She had been eating another insect and a leg from that prey item is visible below her head. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500 lens and Canon 580 flash.
The next two shots show very teneral Stillwater Clubtails, both males, which had just emerged from their exuviae. These two shots were taken at Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma, in May, 2011, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The male Stillwater Clubtail on the right was at Gus Engeling Wildlife Mamagement Area, Anderson Co., Texas, in June, 2011.