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Genus Epitheca - Baskettails

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Corduliidae (Emeralds)
Genus Epitheca (Baskettails)
Other Common Names
Emeralds
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Some references divide up this genus and put the species in either Tetragoneuria or Epicordulia.
Explanation of Names
epi=above
theca=pouch or basket
This perhaps refers to the distinctive way the female carries her egg mass under the upturned rear portion of her abdomen.
Range
eastern North America
Habitat
ponds and marshes
Season
summer
Life Cycle
Females produce an egg mass that they carry under the rear protion of the abdomen in an orange ball. In the evening they place the mass among vegetation in shallow water, and it expands to strands oup to a meter in length. Another source states that sometimes, several females will oviposit close together, this leading to high densities of young numphs in certain shallow waters.
Remarks
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