Libellula herculea Karsch, 1889,

DeMarmels, Jurg, 1992, Dragonflies (Odonata) From The Sierras Of Tapirapeco And Unturan, In The Extreme South Of Venezuela, Acta Biologica Venezuelica 14 (1), pp. 57-78: 67

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.3266063

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4391270

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Libellula herculea Karsch, 1889
status

 

Libellula herculea Karsch, 1889 

Material. 1♀, reared from antepenultimate ins· tar larva, Base Camp.GoogleMaps 

Remarks. The larva was found together with many more of the same species, and with larvae of Triacanthagyna dentata  in several phytotelmata held by a fallen tree (see above under Microstigma rotundatum  for habitat description). An adult male had established its territory around the log and a second male was seen there as well, but none was taken.

It is interesting to note that North of the Orinoco, in the Coastal Cordillera. L. herculea  breeds in quiet portions of rocky quebradas (mountain creeks), but also in water-filled crevices of rocks which may be overflown periodically by the quebrada after rainfall. L. herculea  is the only Vene. zuelan dragonfly with a definite courtship display, which seems identical to that of Libellula (Belonia) croceipennis Selys  , described by Williams (1977). Oviposition behavior is also identical.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Odonata

Family

Libellulidae

Genus

Libellula