Clear-winged Forest Glory, Vestalis gracilis

The clear-winged forest glory (Vestalis gracilis) is a species of damselfly that can be found in the Orient. Its range includes Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam, among other areas. It prefers to reside in hilly regions with some tree cover near streams, but it can also be found in lands used for agriculture.

This species varies in size and color depending upon the sex, with males reaching an average body length of up to 1.8 inches and females reaching a length of up to 1.9 inches. Males are iridescent and bluish-green in color with a black abdomen and yellowish thorax. Their wings are transparent and do not hold any markings. Females are dull and brownish-green in color.

The clear-winged forest glory is abundant throughout most areas of its range and is not threatened as a whole. However, localized populations can be threatened by the construction of canals and urbanization. Research regarding the population number and trends of this species as well as monitoring has been recommended. The clear-winged forest glory appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

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