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Eastern Amberwing

Perithemis tenera


The Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) is a species of dragonfly in family Libellulidae. It is very small, reaching a total length of no more than 25 mm. The males have orange or amber wings. Both genders have a red pterostigma.


The common name refers to its eastern range, although this dragonfly does extend westward well into the central part of the United States. The scientific name, tenera, means delicate and alludes to its small size.

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JamieDorton 8 years ago

Ya know, I believe you're right. I was just going by the darker spots in close & the clear ends. I see both all the time so it was a toss up. Thank you for the heads up. ;)

Geodialist 8 years ago

Nice photos, Jamie! I'm fairly certain this individual is a female Eastern Amberwing dragonfly (Perithemis tenera). What do you think

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Tampa, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on May 18, 2013

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