Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)

I’ve said it before — 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 Blue Dasher is a relatively common species of dragonfly — males seemingly more common than females — but I think the females are uncommonly attractive.

The individual shown in the preceding photo is a female, as indicated by her coloration and terminal appendages. Blue Dashers display sexual dimorphism; terminal appendages may be used to differentiate females from immature males.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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