Dot-winged baskettail

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Dot-winged baskettail
Dot-winged Baskettail Epitheca petechialis 2009-03-29.jpg
Scientific classification
E. petechialis
Binomial name
Epitheca petechialis
(Muttkowski, 1911) [1]
USA Range Epitheca petechialis.svg
Range of E. petechialis [2]

The dot-winged baskettail (Epitheca petechialis) is a dragonfly of the family Corduliidae. Their flight season extends from January to July, slightly later than the other baskettails. The easiest specimens to identify are those with the characteristic spots on the hindwing that give the species its name.[3] Individuals without these spots are difficult to distinguish from the other species in this genus. The caudal appendages (structures at the tip of the abdomen) differ between the species and can be compared with known drawings or close-up photos.[4]


The scientific name, petechialis, means spots. Thus, the scientific and common names both refer to the spots that appear on many, but not all, of the individuals.[5]


  1. ^ "Epitheca petechialis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  2. ^ "Distribution Viewer". OdonataCentral. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  3. ^ Abbott, John C. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States. Princeton University Press. p. 227. ISBN 0-691-11364-5.
  4. ^ Donnelly, Nick. "Notes on Epitheca". OdonataCentral. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  5. ^ Paulson, Dennis R; Dunkle, Sidney W (14 April 2009). "A Checklist of North American Odonata": 50. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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