Wild Florida Photo - Erythrodiplax minuscula

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Erythrodiplax minuscula

LITTLE BLUE DRAGONLET

Synonym: Erythrodiplax connata minuscula

Florida native

 

These tiny dragonflies can be found around ponds, lakes and small rivers throughtout Florida and the southeastern United States. The range extends west into Texas and Oklahoma, north to Arkansas and Tennessee and northeast to Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
Little blue dragonlets are only about an inch long (25mm) with a hindwing length of 20mm (~ 3.4 in.) or less. Females and juveniles are greenish-brown to yellowish-brown with a pale yellow-brown face and an abdomen with a black dorsal (top) stripe and interrupted black lateral (side) stripes. As they mature, males become blue from the front of the thorax backward and from abdominal segment 7 forward. The small spots at the base of the hindwings start out amber then turn black. Fully mature males are pale blue with a black face and black abdominal segments 8 to 10. The abdominal appendages in both sexes are pale.
Previously considered a minuscula subspecies of blue dragonlets - Erythrodiplax connata, little blue dragonlets are now elevated to their own species Erythrodiplax minuscula.

 
Erythrodiplax minuscula is a member of the Libellulidae - Skimmers family.

Other species of the Erythrodiplax genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Erythrodiplax umbrata - BAND-WINGED DRAGONLET
  View  Erythrodiplax berenice - SEASIDE DRAGONLET






For more information on this species, visit the following link:
BugGuide page for this species

Date record last modified:
Sep 18, 2018