Blue Corporal dragonflies (males)

Several Blue Corporal dragonflies (Ladona deplanata) were spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. All of the individuals featured in this post are males, as indicated by their coloration and terminal appendages.

Blue Corporals are among the first species of odonates to emerge in the spring, beginning in mid-April. Hidden Pond is one of a few places in Northern Virginia where Blue Corporals are relatively common.

Although Blue Corporals prefer to perch flat on the ground, sometimes they pose for “Odonarty©” photos, as shown below.

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5 Responses to “Blue Corporal dragonflies (males)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Nice shots, Walter. I know for sure that I have seen a Blue Corporal only once–there were a couple of additional possibles, but I didn’t get good enough shots to be sure.

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