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Species Perithemis tenera - Eastern Amberwing

Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera - male Unknown Dragonfly - Perithemis tenera - male Eastern amberwing - Perithemis tenera - male orange dragonfly - Perithemis tenera Dragonfly - Perithemis tenera probable Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera - male Eastern Amberwing - Perithemis tenera - female Eastern Amberwing - Male? - Perithemis tenera - 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)
Species tenera (Eastern Amberwing)
Numbers
One of four Nearctic species in the genus.
Size
Typically 21-24 mm.
Identification
Except along the U.S.-Mexican border, this is the only tiny dragonfly with amber wings on the male.

Male


Female
Range
Eastern 2/3rds of the United States; range continues into Mexico.
Habitat
Ponds, lakes, occasionally the still areas of streams.
Season
Primarily a summer species; active all year in the far southern U.S.
Food
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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