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Genus Telebasis - Firetails

Duckweed Firetail - Telebasis byersi - female Small, bright red damselfly - Santa Clara County, CA - Telebasis salva Small, bright red damselfly - Santa Clara County, CA - Telebasis salva Desert Firetail - Telebasis salva - female Duckweed Firetail - Telebasis byersi - male Is this a Desert Firetail? - Telebasis byersi - male Damselfly ID? - Telebasis salva firetail? - Telebasis salva - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)
Genus Telebasis (Firetails)
Other Common Names
USE: The Odonata of North America for Common Names
USE: The Odonata of North America for Scientific Names
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tel-eh-BAY-sis
Numbers
Nearctica.com lists two Nearctic species. Westfall and May(1) list seven species; their geographic coverage includes the Greater Antilles and the northern states of Mexico plus all of the United States and Canada.
Size
24-31 mm.
Identification
Males have bright red abdomens with essentially no black markings. The lateral surfaces of the thorax have no stripes, but typically there are black marks on the dorsal surface of the thorax.
Range
None found in Canada. Two species reach the United States. These two species, T. byersi and T. salvum, are very similar and are often identified based on range. T. bysersi is a species of the southeastern United States and T. salvum is southwestern. Note that T. salvum is sometimes listed as T. salva.
Habitat
Ponds, lakes, or sluggish streams. These damselflies prefer to perch on floating plants, especially members of the Duckweed family.
Season
Spring and summer.
Food
Tiny insects.
See Also
If you have a small red damselfly from the southeastern U.S., you may want to compare with Amphiagrion saucium:
Print References
(2)
(1)
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of North America
Minter J., Jr Westfall, Michael L. May. 1996. Scientific Pub.
2.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.