Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
Species
Male Small Pincertail. Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015. Approx 3x lifesize.
Male. Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015. Click image for larger version.
(1/200th sec at f13. Approx 2x life size)
Male Small Pincertail. 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. Click image for larger version.
(1/400th sec at f11. Approx 2x life size)
Female Small Pincertail. Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on June 24th 2014. Approx 3x lifesize.
Female. Taken nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria, on June 24th 2014. Click image for larger version.
(1/400th sec at f13. Approx 2x lifesixe.)

© 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:nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015:Mesta River fishponds, 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:nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria
24-Jun-2014:Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
22-Jun-2014:Plazishte, Bulgaria
21-Jun-2014:Byal gradets, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014:nr Mirovo, Bulgaria