Blue Dasher dragonfly

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A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis), a member of the skimmer family of dragonflies, spotted during a Fairfax County Parktakes class on the dragonflies of Huntley Meadows Park. The male dragonfly shown in my photo is held by Mr. P.J. Dunn, class instructor and a professional naturalist with the Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority. Disclaimer: No dragonflies were injured or killed in the making of this photo.

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Editor’s Note: Hey kids, please don’t try this yourself — collecting specimens for observation is not allowed at Huntley Meadows Park.

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