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genus: Erythrodiplax


There are six species in North America, mostly southern in distribution.  Two are medium sized, and four very small in size.  Their  body coloration is mostly black, brown or blue. The abdomen is usually slender and cylindrical, with segments 1-3 of the male enlarged, 4-5 more slender.  Juveniles generally have a yellowish brown body color. Mature males are often covered with bluish pruinescence. Wing coloration is varied among the species and in different individuals of the same species.

Females are difficult to identify, due to immature males looking similar in appearance to them.

They are commonly seen at standing waters like temporary ponds, pools and marshes.  One is our only dragonfly to regularly breed in brackish waters.


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