Desert Firetail - Telebasis salva | SocalFauna.net

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Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Odonata > Coenagrionidae


A small bright red damselfly found throughout California and ranging east to Texas. In Southern California, the male of the species is distinctive, one of only two red-bodied damselflies in our area. The other, the Western Red Damsel, can easily be distinguished by more extensive black coloration on the head, thorax, and tip of the abdomen, and with the abdomen barely extending beyond the wing tips. The Desert Firetail can be found around lowland shallow lakes and ponds with sufficient algal mats on which the females prefer to lay their eggs, and adults can be expected throughout the year excluding winter.

References:
1. Abbott, J.C. 2006-2015. OdonataCentral: An online resource for the distribution and identification of Odonata. Available at http://www.odonatacentral.org.
2. Biggs, Kathy. California Dragonflies and Damselflies

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