Dragonflies and Damselflies:
Odonata of Monteverde, Costa Rica

William A. Haber
Electronic Field Guide Project, University of Massachusetts- Boston


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Perilestidae- Shortwings

These small, extremely slender damselflies are similar to platystictids in general appearance. They are represented by one genus with two species in Costa Rica. Both have been recorded from the lower elevations in the Tilarán Mountains. The thorax is marked with yellowish lines in young adults; these turn blue-green in mature individuals. The abdomen, which is much longer than the wings, is decorated with incomplete cream-green and orange-brown bands. Adults perch close to the ground on dead twigs or plant stems in the forest understory along small streams.

Perissolestes magdalenae, male Perissolestes magdalenae, female

Text and images copyright William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/
Created: 24 January 2006. Updated: 6 June 2007.