Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Eastern Amberwing, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 11/14/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Eastern Amberwing is a fiery dragonfly that adds a flash of red fury as it flies low above the water.
This dragonfly stays low, close to the water's surface, as it flies, feeding on small insects. Males stake a claim on a shoreline territory, preferring areas where vegetation and wood bits stick out of the water. Females will enter a male's territory to mate and she will then lay her eggs in the water by tapping the tip of her abdomen just at the surface. The eggs will spread out and eventually hatch naiads (larvae), which will spend their lives underwater feeding on other small aquatic insects. Once they are ready for a final molt into adulthood, they will crawl out of the water onto logs, branches or other sturdy wood and molt one last time into a winged adult.
Eastern Amberwings are found near bodies of water like streams, creeks, marshes, ponds and lagoons. They are small dragonflies that might be mistaken for wasps when they flick their tails. They are most active on sunny days.