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Scarlet-tails - Planiplax

planiplax.jpgOne species of this genus was first located at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park in 2008 and returned to the same location in 2009. It is a medium sized dragonfly with black heads, thorax and legs, and an entirely brillant red abdomen.  They commonly perch on grass leaves along the edge of ponds and lakes.

Males have a pruinose blue-black throax and a scarlet-red abdomen, much like male Fierytailed Pondhawsk, but the base of the abdomen is also red and the legs are exceptionally long. Females are problably brown but re not described.  Males scarlet-tails typically perch and fly actively well out from shore over lakes and ponds.  A small population was detected at a flooded resaca in Ventsen Rio

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