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  • Eastern Amberwing - (Perithemis tenera)

    Eastern Amberwing - (Perithemis tenera)

    The Eastern Amberwing is a fiery dragonfly that adds a flash of red fury as it flies low above the water.

    Staff Writer (11/14/2014): 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.

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    Eastern Amberwing

    Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
    Common name: Eastern Amberwing
    Scientific Name: Perithemis tenera
    Other Names: Low-Flying Amberwing

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Odonata
          Family: Libellulidae
           Genus: Perithemis
            Species: tenera

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 25mm (0.79in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, red, white, brown

    Additional Descriptors: flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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