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Species Erythrodiplax minuscula - Little Blue 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 minuscula (Little Blue Dragonlet)
Explanation of Names
Both "minus" and "cula" mean small (1), and this is one of North America's smallest dragonflies.
One of 7 Nearctic species in the genus.
25 mm length
In mature males, look for small size, blue coloration, and segments 8-10 of the abdomen black. Appendages are white. Face is metallic blue to black.
Mostly southeastern U.S., but occasionally found as far north as Pennsylvania and New York.
Ponds, lakes, sometimes small rivers.
Spring to Fall.
Tiny flying insects.
See Also
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis, can also be quite small; look for the white face on Blue Dasher.
Print References
Dunkle, p. 204, plate 37 (2)
Internet References
Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies (3)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
Sidney W. Dunkle. 2000. Oxford Press.
3.Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies