Diastatops pullata

Red-saddled Blackwing

Diastatops pullata, Red-saddled Blackwing, 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 this genus 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 data: 24 June 2014. Colakreek, Para district, Suriname.

GPS data: 5.4633, -55.2293. Elevation 10 meters above sea level.