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Species Neoerythromma cultellatum - Caribbean Yellowface

Yellowface and reflection - Neoerythromma cultellatum - male Yellowface - Neoerythromma cultellatum - male Neoerythromma with Argia, and reflections - Neoerythromma cultellatum - male Caribbean Yellowface - Neoerythromma cultellatum - male Caribbean Yellowface - Neoerythromma cultellatum - male Unknown Damselfly/Dancer - Neoerythromma cultellatum - female Blue Damselfly - Pond Damsel with yellow face - Neoerythromma cultellatum - male Blue Damselfly - Pond Damsel with yellow face - Neoerythromma cultellatum - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)
Genus Neoerythromma (Yellowfaces)
Species cultellatum (Caribbean Yellowface)
Explanation of Names
"Caribbean" because this species is found through most of the Greater Antilles
Identification
In addition to the facial color, the abdomen is entirely dark dorsally except for the blue spot on S8-10. No similar damsel overlaps this species in its US range. Its only congener has never been recorded in the US.
Range
In the US, found only in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas; and in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida. Also found in the Caribbean and Mexico south through Venezuela.
Habitat
Water with slow or no current and abundant vegetation
Season
Primarily March through November in the US, though there have been sightings as early as January 8. Probably year-round in tropics.
Life Cycle
Females often oviposit in mats of algae, water plants, or floating debris

tenerals emerge from water and migrate to open forest where they remain until mature
Remarks
Males seem to prefer perching as far from shore as possible, so are most easily spotted by searching floating debris or the vegetation that extends furthest away from the shoreline.

The Texas population of the species was discovered relatively recently. It was originally found only around Brownsville but in the past few years has been spotted in many other locations further north and west.
Print References
Abbott 2005, Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas

Dunkle 1990, Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas