Gynacantha caudata Karsch, 1891Aeshnidae

Female identification:

  • Frons with black T-shaped mark.
  • Thorax orange-brown, metepimeron with a faint wide green stripe, mesepimeron with a yellow-blue stripe, mesepisternum with a blue stripe that widens posteriorly.
  • Legs pale orange-brown, tibiae barely darkened at tips.
  • Abdomen with S1 orange-brown, unmarked; S2-3 with strong blue markings, black on dorsum; S4-10 mostly black with little blue.
  • Wings clear in basal half, shaded with brown in distal half.

Size: Medium

Body length: 58.0

Local distribution: Atlantic slope at 400 m.

Habitat: Dry spring seep in forest.

Species range in Middle America: Costa Rica

Female body length: 58

Female abdomen length: 45

Female hindwing length: 42

Updated: 17 November 2011

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