Friday, August 14, 2015

Seaside Dragonlet

Another common dragonfly at the Bailey Tract was this Seaside Dragonlet. Note the blue mouth parts on the male above. We did not see females on Sanibel Island. We found the striking female below a week later on Florida’s Atlantic Coast at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The Seaside Dragonlet is the only North American Dragonfly that breeds in salt water. Often restricted to salt or brackish water, the larvae can also develop in freshwater. Individuals occasionally found away from the coast are probably vagrants. This species is normally found from Nova Scotia south around Florida, continuing around the Gulf of Mexico, throughout the Caribbean, to Venezuela Paulson (2011),

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