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Species Ladona deplanata - Blue Corporal

Blue Corporal - Ladona deplanata - female Corporal - Ladona deplanata - male Blue Corporal? - Ladona deplanata Blue Dragonfly - Ladona deplanata Blue Corporal - Ladona deplanata - male Blue Corporal (female)? - Ladona deplanata Blue Corporal - Ladona deplanata Libellulidae(?) - Ladona deplanata - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Ladona (Corporals)
Species deplanata (Blue Corporal)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ladona deplanata (Rambur, 1842). Synonyms:
Libellula deplanata
Explanation of Names
"Corporal" comes from the stripes on the female and teneral, presumably.
Size
Length 31-35 mm
Identification
Mature males deep blue, dark marks at the base of wings. Teneral male and female are brown with "corporal stripes" on thorax.
Range
Southeastern United States
Habitat
Woodland edges near ponds, also slow-moving streams
Season
March-May (early spring only)
Food
Predatory on flying insects
Life Cycle
A "spring ephemeral" dragonfly.
Print References
Dunkle, Dragonflies Through Binoculars, TBA (1)
Dunkle Dragonflies of Florida, TBA (2)
Nikula Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies, TBA (3)
Abbott, Dragonflies of Texas, TBA (4)
Works Cited
1.Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
Sidney W. Dunkle. 2000. Oxford Press.
2.Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1989. Scientific Publishers.
3.Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
Donald and Lillian Stokes. 2002. Little, Brown and Company.
4.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States
John C. Abbott. 2005. Princeton University Press.