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Species Erythrodiplax berenice - Seaside Dragonlet

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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 Erythrodiplax (Dragonlets)
Species berenice (Seaside Dragonlet)
Length 3.3 cm
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.
Life Cycle
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.
Print References
Dunkle, p. 206,plate 37 (1)
Dunkle, pp. 98-99, figs. 88, 89 (2)
Nikula, p. 141 (3)
Internet References
Jeff Pippen's page on Florida odonata, including this species
Giff Beaton's page which includes this species
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.