Heteragrion freddiemercuryi


January 27, 2022

Heteragrion freddiemercuryi is one of the dragonfly species belonging to the genus Heteragrion. Belonging to the suborder Zygoptera, this insect was first described in 2013 and received its binomial nomenclature in honor of singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury. Three other insects of the same order discovered in the same research also received scientific names honoring the other members of the British rock band Queen. These species were named Heteragrion brianmayi, in honor of Brian May; Heteragrion rogertaylori, honoring Roger Taylor; and Heteragrion johndeaconi, in homage to John Deacon.

Description and Habitat

The insects of the species Heteragrion freddiemercuryi consist of small dragonflies endemic to Brazil, inhabiting mainly areas close to the Serra do Mar. Although found in coastal areas, they seem to have a predilection for inhabiting higher terrains.


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