The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook


Erythrodiplax  berenice
"Tiger  Dragonlet"

Erythrodiplax berenice – "Tiger Dragonlet" of the Family Libellulidae, a true marine species that occupies saline sinkhole habitats in southeast New Mexico. The female of this species is black, marked with bright yellow stripes on the thorax and blood red spots along the abdomen. Its wings are tinted with large ‘clouds' of brown. The males eventually become all black with metallic blue heads and clear wings. The nymphs inhabit saline sinkholes; they may be found among the inter-tidal marine algae that live in these rare sinkholes at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Mirror Lake at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Specimens have also been found at Twin Lake in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

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