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Seaside Dragonlet

Erythrodiplax berenice

Description:

Dragonfly where the mature male is very dark. Female (like this one) has much more yellow, but also has "male-like form".

Habitat:

This species is most commonly encountered at salt marshes and brackish tidal estuaries but has been found at a few freshwater ponds and marshes. This one was photographed along the boardwalk to the beach at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC.

Notes:

Unique for breeding in salt water. Feeds on other insects up to the size of lacewings, damselflies. Males perch near pools, defend a territory. Male and female oviposit together, typically in mats of algae.

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KenCheeks
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KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on Mar 24, 2013

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