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Saffron Winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum costiferum
2013-07-24 12:07:45

The saffron-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in most areas of Canada and in central and northern areas of the United States. It reaches an average length of 1.4 inches and is similar in appearance to the white-faced meadowhawk and ruby meadowhawk. Both males and females have yellowish-brown abdomens that turn red in color as they mature. The...

Lucia Widow Palpopleura lucia
2013-07-17 11:23:24

The Lucia widow (Palpopleura lucia) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, among many other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers a habitat in tropical and subtropical habitats near rivers, swamps, wetlands, lakes, and marshes. The total population number of this...

Common Green Frog Hylarana erythraea
2013-07-16 16:02:04

The Common Green Frog (Hylarana erythraea) is a frog in the true frog family called Ranidae of superfamily Ranoidea. It resides in Southeast Asia and is also known as the Green Paddy Frog, Red Eared Frog, or Leaf Frog. The last name, however, is commonly in reference to the Neotropical tree frogs which make up the subfamily Phyllomedusinae. These aren't closely related to H. erythraea,...

Micro Frog Microbatrachella capensis
2013-07-16 12:33:22

The Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis) is a minute species of frog belonging to the Pyxicephalidae family, in the monotypic genus Microbatrachella. At about .71 inches long, it is one of the smallest regional species. Its color varies from rufous brown with dark mottling, to tan or green, depending on the population. It is native to the south-western Cape area of South Africa, with a...

Scarlet Skimmer Crocothemis servilia
2013-07-16 11:02:08

The scarlet skimmer (Crocothemis servilia), also known as the scarlet darter or the Oriental scarlet, is a species of dragonfly that is native to east and southeast areas of Asia. Its range includes Armenia, Japan, Turkey, and Florida, where it has been introduced. It can be found in many areas like marshes, ponds, ditches, and rice fields. It is an adaptable species that is abundant across...

Western Clubtail Gomphus pulchellus
2013-07-15 13:31:04

The western clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) is a species of dragonfly that can be found Western Europe, in a range that includes Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain among other areas. It prefers a habitat near clean, slow moving or still canals, ponds, clay holes, and mud holes. It reaches an average body length between 1.8 and 1.9 inches and is olive green in color with bluish eyes. Despite its...

Southern Skimmer Orthetrum brunneum
2013-07-15 13:25:15

The southern skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Its range extends across many areas including Afghanistan, Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, and Spain, among other areas. This species can be found near shallow waters, slow moving rivers, or small streams where vegetation is sparse. It can...

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