Family: Clubtails (Gomphidae)
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The Midland Clubtail has strong flight capabilities, which allow it to capture other dragonflies such as the Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) and the Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) as prey (Mead 2003).
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The Midland Clubtail is known to occur in two locations in New York State, with no population estimates determined. Further survey efforts may result in the identification of additional populations or range expansions, and may enable population size estimations.
No estimation of population size for this species has been made based on observations from the late 1990s in Orange and Oneida counties (New York Natural Heritage 2007). General reports of observations made prior to this include locations in three additional counties, but information prior to the late 1990s is limited (Donnelly 2004). Therefore, any new location information on the Midland Clubtail in New York may reflect heightened interest in surveying for this species rather than a population increase or a range expansion (Holst 2005).
Recent observations have been noted in Orange and Oneida counties in the late 1990s. Long-term information regarding population size is not available prior to the late 1990s (New York Natural Heritage Program 2007). Since observations are fairly recent, and the full extent and size of the populations have not been determined, long-term trends are unclear.