This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.
Some dragonflies, such as the Blue-faced Meadowhawk shown in the preceding photo, regulate their body temperature by perching in the “obelisk position”: the tip of the dragonfly’s abdomen is pointed toward the Sun, minimizing the surface area of the body exposed to direct heating by the Sun’s rays, thereby avoiding overheating.
- Blue Dasher dragonfly (male, obelisking)
- Blue Dasher dragonflies (immature males)
- Anything but common [Common Sanddragon dragonflies]
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