Blue Dasher dragonflies (mating pair)

I spotted a mating pair of Blue Dasher dragonflies (Pachydiplax longipennis) during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 25 May 2014.

The pair is shown “in wheel.” All dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back: male dragonfly secondary genitalia are located in segments two and three (2 and 3); female genitalia in segment eight (8). Therefore, the male dragonfly is on top; the female is on the bottom.

Blue Dasher dragonflies (mating pair)

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