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Male Downy Emerald

Observed: 31st May 2011 By: chrisbrooks
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Downy Emerald
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The male has bright green eyes, except when it is immature when they are light brown tinged with green. The whole of the body is bottle green with a metallic bronze sheen. The thorax and abdominal segments 1 and 2 are obviously covered in bronze coloured hairs. The abdomen is significantly waisted at segment 3 expanding in the form of an indian club to its thickest at segment 7 and 8. Definitive diagnostic features require close examination: they are, the limited but rich saffron patches at the root of the wing, no yellow on the frons, the outward facing tips to the anal appendages and the diminutive broken yellow line crossing the upper surface of segment 2.