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PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Forest large is the most important damselfly, with a wingspan of 6.four in (160 mm) and a really lengthy stomach, at four in (100 mm). Wings lack pterostigma and have a large, darkish blue band. S*xually dimorphic (men and women look completely different); males are bigger, with a white patch earlier than the blue band and a hyaline wing tip, whereas females are shorter, with solely white on the wing tip.

FAMILY

Pseudostigmatidae

TAXONOMY

Libellula caerulata Drury, 1782, Bay of Honduras.

DISTRIBUTION

Rainforests of Central and South America, from Mexico to Bolivia.

HABITAT

Larvae breed in water-filled plant containers. Adults frequent sunlit gaps or small clearings within the forest.

BEHAVIOR

Because of their explicit breeding websites scattered all through the forest, this forest large is rarely present in nice numbers.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Adults are specialist foragers; they detect nonmoving prey and pluck small web-building spiders, often additionally taking wrapped prey from webs. Larvae feed on mosquito and fly larvae, microcrustaceans and tadpoles, and conspecifics sharing the identical tree gap.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

A territorial male makes use of a gradual wing beat frequency to seem as a pulsating blue and white beacon to each potential mates and competing males in an open forest hole. He can aggressively defend a selected tree gap for up to three months. After copulating, the feminine makes use of her lengthy stomach to lay her eggs inside tree holes with water.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not listed by the IUCN.