Brachymesia furcata

Common Name:
Red-Tailed Pennant
B. furcata
Species Description
Brachymesia is a genus of dragonflies in the family Libellulidae. They are commonly known as Tropical Pennants. The genus contains three species. One species, B. gravida is confined to the USA. The others occur over much of South America and southern USA states:
       Brachymesia furcata (Hagen, 1861) - Red-tailed Pennant
       Brachymesia gravida (Calvert, 1890) - Four-spotted Pennant
       Brachymesia herbida (Gundlach, 1889) - Tawny Pennant

Brachymesia furcata (Hagen, 1861), Red-tailed Pennant, is a medium sized tropical pennant, and is found in South America and southern USA states, including Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hispaniola, Honduras, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Lesser Antilles, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Suriname, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Virgin Isl. and Puerto Rico. In USA, it is major found in Texas, southern Florida and other areas of the southern and southwestern U.S.

It is active daytime fliers often seen around ponds and slow waters. Adult males are recognized by their overall bright red color and clear wings. On closer inspection, the thorax is dull red or brownish, and the bottom of the eyes is greenish. Females are similar, but the color is not as bright. The male has a red abdomen and the female usually has a yellowish one.


The Species on Stamps
St. Vincent Grenadines



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