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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

General: Blue Dashers (Pachydiplax longipennis) are active daytime fliers. Males are recognized by the pale blue (pruinose) abdomen with a dark tip. The wings are unmarked except for the dark spot (stigma) near the wing tips. Eyes blue-green or blue; face white; wings often held downward. Female abdomen dark with tan rectangular marks.

Blue Dashers are easily confused with Western Pondhawks. Check the head carefully. In Blue Dashers, the eyes are light blue or blue-green, the "nose" is black, and the face is white. In contrast, Western Pondhawks have dark blue eyes, and the nose and face are green. There are some good places for Watching Dragonflies Around Las Vegas.

Taxonomy: Order Odonata, Suborder Anisoptera, Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Blue Dasher male
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Blue Dasher female
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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Blue Dasher male
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Blue Dasher female
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Blue Dasher female
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Dragonfly larvae eat minnows; minnows eat dying dragonflies
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Minnows feeding on dying dragonfly
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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