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Species Perithemis tenera - Eastern Amberwing

Female Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera Help ID - Perithemis tenera Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera - male Dragonfly species? - Perithemis tenera - female Eastern amberwing - Perithemis tenera Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera Red-orange dragonfly at the pond - Perithemis tenera Perithemis tenera
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)
Species tenera (Eastern Amberwing)
One of four Nearctic species in the genus.
Typically 21-24 mm.
Except along the U.S.-Mexican border, this is the only tiny dragonfly with amber wings on the male.


Eastern 2/3rds of the United States; range continues into Mexico.
Ponds, lakes, occasionally the still areas of streams.
Primarily a summer species; active all year in the far southern U.S.
Tiny flying insects.
See Also
Slough amberwing in south Texas. Can be differentiated by dorsal abdominal pattern. Eastern amberwing has triangles, slough amberwing has parallel lines (see photo).

Leg color can also be used. Eastern amberwing has uniformly pale legs, while slough amberwing has mostly dark legs.
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