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Species Nannothemis bella - Elfin Skimmer

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Nannothemis
Species bella (Elfin Skimmer)
Explanation of Names
Author of species (as Nannophya bella) is Uhler, 1857. (Publication is Contributions to the Neuropterology of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 1857:87-88.) Species name bella is Latin for beautiful.
20 mm length
Tiny. Male has pale blue body with white on face, clubbed abdomen. Female has banded pattern, likely Batesian mimic of wasp.
Southern Canada, northern tier of United States--Wisconsin east to New England, south in Appalachians and to Georgia, Alabama.
Bogs and fens.
March-September in much of range, May-August in north (Canada).
Life Cycle
Oviposits in tandem.
See Also
Erythrodiplax minuscula - Little Blue Dragonlet
Print References
Dunkle, p. 207, plate 38 (1)
Internet References