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.
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.
, Pachydiplax longipennis
, can also be quite small; look for the white face on Blue Dasher.
Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies (3)