Blue Dasher dragonflies (females)

When you’re making a list of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Dragonflies of the Mid-Atlantic USA,” don’t sleep on the female Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis). I think it’s easy to overlook their beauty because they’re a relatively common dragonfly — males seemingly more so than females — but I think females are uncommonly attractive. Not Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) attractive, but very attractive nonetheless. And Blue Dashers seem to have a penchant for perching on picturesque plants, which adds to their appeal. There, how’s that for extreme alliteration?

Anyway, here are a couple of beauties I spotted on 15 August 2013 at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area.

Female 1

Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)

Regular readers of my photoblog know I love a pose with a good head-tilt!

Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)

Female 2

Dark and moody but I love the colors in this photo, better appreciated by looking at the full-size version.

Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)

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