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Genus Perithemis - Amberwings

Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera - female Male Amberwings - Perithemis tenera - male Perithemis tenera - male Slough Amberwing - Perithemis domitia - male Dragonfly - Perithemis intensa - male Perithemis tenera? - Perithemis tenera - male Female Eastern Amberwing? - Perithemis tenera - female Slough Amberwing - Perithemis domitia - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Perithemis (Amberwings)
Numbers
4 Nearctic species in the genus.
Identification
Very small in size. Males have amber wings. Stocky build. Often mistaken for wasps.
Range
Eastern Amberwing found in the Eastern 2/3rds of the United States; the other three species are found along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Life Cycle
Tiny flying insects.
Remarks
Amberwings have the most complex courtship rituals among all U.S. dragonflies.(1)
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