Blue Dragonlet

Here’s one way to tell if it’s a hot day …

if a dragonfly has its abdomen raised in the obelisk position.

Some species do this because it helps prevent overheating by reducing the surface area exposed to the sun.

This male blue dragonlet  spends a lot of time perched near my small water garden, waiting for a female and capturing tiny insects to eat. They are a very small dragonfly with an impressive length of 1-inch. It’s scientific name Erythrodiplax connata minuscula is twice as long as the dragonfly itself. Females are green with a black pattern on their abdomen. Blue dragonlets can be found at marshy ponds and lakes in a range that covers southeastern U.S. and down through Central and South America.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Fantastic behavior shot! 🙂

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