Orange Featherleg

Platycnemis acutipennis

''Platycnemis acutipennis'', known as the Orange Featherleg or the Orange White-legged Damselfly, is a species of damselfly in the family Platycnemididae.
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Appearance

''Platycnemis acutipennis'' is the only European damselfly which combines an orange-red abdomen and blue eyes. The male has moderately wide hind tibias . The thorax is buff-coloured with black stripes. There is an orange spot near the tip of each wing. The sexes are similar.
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Distribution

''Platycnemis acutipennis'' is common and widely distributed across the southwest of Europe including Portugal, Spain, and France; it is endemic to that area. There are however some recent records from Germany.
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Behavior

''Platycnemis acutipennis'' lives in fresh water, either still or up to moderately fast-flowing.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderOdonata
FamilyPlatycnemididae
GenusPlatycnemis
SpeciesP. acutipennis
Photographed in
Portugal