Dragonlet found in salt-marsh habitats. Mature male is very dark. Female has much more yellow, but also has "male-like form". Habitat is distinctive.
Coastal eastern North America, south to Venezuela, inland in southwestern United States in some areas (saline lakes). Also in some of West Indes and west coast of Mexico.
Salt marshes, mangrove swamps and saline lakes.
May to September in northeast, all year in Florida
Feeds on other insects up to the size of lacewings, damselflies.
Unique for breeding in salt water. Males perch near pools, defend a territory. Male and female oviposit together, typically in mats of algae.
The only dragonfly (Western Hemisphere) restricted to salt-marsh habitats.
Dunkle, p. 206,plate 37 (1)
Dunkle, pp. 98-99, figs. 88, 89 (2)
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