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Genus Perithemis - Amberwings

Amberwing in wheel position - Perithemis tenera - male - female Resting on Passion Vine - Perithemis tenera - female I found this beautiful bug on my barn and have never seen one before.  Is it a damselfly?  Thank you, T - Perithemis tenera Perithemis tenera_07-31-2011_NCNC_JS - Perithemis tenera - male Eastern Amberwing female - Perithemis tenera - female small dragonfly - Perithemis tenera Perithemis tenera - female Small Dragonfly - Perithemis tenera
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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