Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
Species
Male Small Pincertail (Gomphus forcipatus). Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015. Approx 3x lifesize.
Male. Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015.
(1/200th sec at f13. Approx 2x lifesize. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Male Small Pincertail (Gomphus forcipatus). Taken at the Masta River fishponds, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015. Approx 3x lifesize.
Male. Taken at the Masta River fishponds, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015.
(1/400th sec at f11. Approx 2x lifesize. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Female Small Pincertail (Gomphus forcipatus). Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on June 24th 2014. Approx 3x lifesize.
Female. Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on June 24th 2014.
(1/400th sec at f13. Approx 2x lifesize. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

Wingspan: 50 - 60 mm; Body length: 46 - 50 mm

This species is also known as the Green-eyed Hooktail. It is the most common Hooktail and the only one occuring in much of Europe. Males perched on a stream-side rock with their claspers raised are a typical sight in the summer.

It is found in southern and central Europe, and extends into northern Europe and eastwards to Greece and Turkey.

Its prefered habitat is largely unshaded (usually rocky) rivers and streams.

The flight period is from May to September.

Common in the south, but local in the north.

Sightings

23-Jul-2015 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015 : nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015 : nr Sandanski, Bulgaria

26-Jun-2014 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria
25-Jun-2014 : Rupite Hot Springs, Bulgaria
24-Jun-2014 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
24-Jun-2014 : nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria
22-Jun-2014 : Plazishte, Bulgaria
21-Jun-2014 : Byal gradets, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014 : nr Mirovo, Bulgaria
29-Jun-2010 : Vienne, France
28-Jun-2010 : Vienne, France