Blue Dasher dragonfly (teneral female)

Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) was spotted during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 20 May 2015.

A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral female.

20 MAY 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Blue Dasher (teneral female)

This individual is a teneral female, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. Notice the fragile appearance of her wings.

A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral female.

20 MAY 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Blue Dasher (teneral female)

She was sheltering close to the ground in the “drowned forest,” just beyond the end of the boardwalk.

A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral female.

20 MAY 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Blue Dasher (teneral female)

Contrast the appearance of the teneral female shown above with the following slightly more mature female spotted on the same day at a different location.

A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

20 MAY 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Blue Dasher (female)

Notice that her eye coloration is changing from red to blue as she matures. Also notice she is perching a few feet above the ground/water, the preferred height for Blue Dashers.

A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

20 MAY 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Blue Dasher (female)

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