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Perithemis tenera  (Say, 1839)
Eastern Amberwing


Libellulidae, Skimmer Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This small, colorful skimmer is quick and alert. The length of the body varies from 0.8 to 1.0 inches. The thorax generally is brown with short, thin dorsal stripes and yellowish side spots. The abdomen is short and stout with variable patterns, either not striped or with narrow brown stripes. The abdomen for the male has an orange tint to it. The male's wings are tinted amber with yellow veins and red stigmas (near the tips of wings). The female's wings are variable with brown spots and red stigmas. The face is yellowish. The legs are yellowish with black spines.

Description of Habitat/Range:

This species is common throughout eastern and central United States, from Maine to Arizona. Eastern amberwings like permanent still or slowly moving waters such as ponds, lakes, ditches, and stream pools, but not bogs. It is widely distributed and fairly common throughout much of Wisconsin.

Flight Season:

Mid-June to late August in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
15%
(76)
54%
(275)
27%
(141)
4%
(21)
<1%
(1)
Shading illustrates monthly percentages of the total flight season records for the species. Each flight season record is a unique date/location/observer combination where one or more adult or an exuvia was recorded (excludes nymphs). The actual number of flight season records for each month is shown in parentheses.

Flight seasons begin earlier in the southern part of the state, often by a week or more. Also, flight charts may not be accurate for rare species because of few data available.
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Photo of Male eastern amberwing
Male eastern amberwing. © Dan Jackson

Male eastern amberwing
Photo of Male eastern amberwing
Male eastern amberwing. © Dan Jackson

Male eastern amberwing
Photo of Male eastern amberwing
Male eastern amberwing. © Dan Jackson

Male eastern amberwing
Photo of Female eastern amberwing
Female eastern amberwing. © Dan Jackson

Female eastern amberwing
Photo of Female eastern amberwing
Female eastern amberwing. © Dan Jackson

Female eastern amberwing
Photo of Female eastern amberwing
Female eastern amberwing. © Dan Jackson

Female eastern amberwing



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