Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Eastern Amberwing

Perithemis tenera

Say, 1839

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The Eastern Amberwing is a tiny, wide ranging species. The male can be easily identified by its orange wings. Females have a variable wing pattern of brown and orange. Both sexes have two pale yellowish stripes on each side of the brown thorax and a ringed abdomen.

This is a common eastern species reaching its western limit in Nebraska, where it is absent from a number of southwestern and southern Panhandlecounties. It is found flying very low over ponds and lakes where itperches on almost any emergent material, but it is also common at badly-degraded duck ponds in city parks where Familiar Bluet may be theonly other odonate.

Eastern Amberwing
Eastern Amberwing male

Size: 20-25 mm (0.8-1.0 in)

Habitat: most still water and some slow streams

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, NM, CO, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: early June to late September

Eastern Amberwing map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


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