Little blue dragonlet
Synonym(s): Erythrodiplax connata minuscula
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 white.
Previously considered a minuscula subspecies of blue dragonlets - Erythrodiplax connata, little blue dragonlets are now elevated to their own species Erythrodiplax minuscula.
Little blue dragonlet is one of the subjects of the "Pretty Little Dragonflies" blog post.
Erythrodiplax minuscula is a member of the Libellulidae - Skimmers family.
Other species of the Erythrodiplax genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Erythrodiplax berenice - SEASIDE DRAGONLET
Erythrodiplax umbrata - BAND-WINGED DRAGONLET
For more information on this species, visit the following link:
BugGuide page for this species
Date record last modified: Aug 08, 2019