Diastatops pullata

Skimmer


Diastatops pullata, Dark-winged Skimmer, image from Suriname

 

Family: Libellulidae

Size: 25 - 32 mm in the genus

 

Diastatops is a South American genus found in the Orinoco and Amazon River basins. Eight species make up the genus. The costa of the forewings is undulate, a trait shared with only one other New World genus, Zenithoptera (Garrison, Ellenrieder, and Louton, 2006).

In Diastatops the wings are usually dark, and have a yellow to red, often reticulate, patch at the base of the hindwings.

Diastatops pullata is a common species first described by Linnaeus.

Photo location: Colakreek, Para district, Suriname.



 

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