Little Blue Dragonlet - Erythrodiplax minuscula ( )

Range & Habitat:
Currently known only from a single record in September, 2005 in Ocean County. It remains to be seen if this was a vagrant, a recent colonization, or an undiscovered site.

Marshy or grassy areas, ponds, lake edges, ditches and swales

Flight Season:
Early Date: 26 September
Late Date: 26 September

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Chip Krilowicz
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Small and blue with a dark face and a black tip to the abdomen. The cerci are white but may fade to pale brown.
Much smaller than the similar Blue Dasher which has a white face. Seaside Dragonlet is a bit larger and darker and does not show the distinct contrast of blue and black on the abdomen. Elfin Skimmer is even smaller, lacks the black abdomen tip, and its eyes are banded with white.

Conservation Status:
State: S? Not yet ranked
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range