Eastern Amberwing

Photo of an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, Male
Scientific Name
Perithemis tenera
Libellulidae (skimmers) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

The eastern amberwing is a tiny species of dragonfly that only reaches about 1 inch in length. It is one of the smaller dragonflies in North America. Each of the four amber-colored wings has a red spot on the outer leading edge. Males have clear amber wings, so it is easy to see how the eastern amberwing got its name. Females have blotch-patterned wings.

Learn more about the eastern amberwing and other dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) in their group entry.

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