Species: Sinictinogomphus clavatus phaleratus
Common name(s): Golden Flangetail
Synonyms: Ictinogomphus clavatus phaleratus (Selys, 1854)
Habitat: Lowland, disturbed pond
Province(s) sighted: Nam Pong National Park (Khon Kaen)
Sightings (by me): Rare
In flight (that I have seen): March (2014)
Species easily confused with: Ictinogomphus decoratus melaenops
A new season and a new species to brag about already and I now make it 71 species for Khon Kaen province! Ictinogomphus clavatus phaleratus is an enormous Gomphidae that can easily be confused with I. decoratus. Unfortunately the latter is easy to approach and S. clavatus isn't. I managed to only get a few record shots of both male and female this species and will return to Nam Pong very soon, as it may not be around for that long.
This species was once recorded in Khon Kaen province, during August. Therefore, I may have ample time to find it again.
The male is easily recognised with its enormous 'club-shaped' appendages, as well as it's thoracic markings. However, should you spot one, approach with caution. It will fly away at the slightest movement. I actually think the sound of my camera going off was enough to spook it.
The female is similar to the male, yet seems to have more prominent thoracic markings. It, too, is easily spooked and tends to perch on ridiculously high twigs up in the tree canopy. Stil, I am happy to have seen both male and female, though I must improve my shots.