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Vestalis gracilis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Suborder  Zygoptera
Genus  Vestalis
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Odonate
Class  Insecta
Family  Calopterygidae
Scientific name  Vestalis gracilis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Vestalis, Odonate, Neurobasis chinensis, Vestalis apicalis, Neurobasis

Vestalis gracilis, is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is known commonly as the clear-winged forest glory or clear-winged flash-wing. It is native to Southeast Asia and surrounding regions.

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Description

The male and female are similar in size; the male having an abdomen 45 to 46 millimeters long and a hindwing 34 to 38 millimeters long and the female with an abdomen 43 to 50 millimeters long and a hindwing 36 to 39 millimeters long.

The male is iridescent green with a yellow and black underside. It has brown legs and blue-tinged transparent wings. The eyes are dark brown above and greenish yellow below. The female is duller greenish brown in color.

Habitat

This is a common species across much of its range. It breeds in forest streams, often in disturbed and cultivated areas too. Commonly seen as a group rest among bushes in forest paths and shades together with Vestalis apicalis.

Subspecies

A subspecies, V. g. montana Fraser, 1934, has been described from Western Ghats of South India. It is now synonymised with V. a. submontana and is considered as a separate species Vestalis submontana.

References

Vestalis gracilis Wikipedia


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