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Species Perithemis tenera - Eastern Amberwing

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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 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.
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.
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