Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis (Burmeister, 1839)

Range & Habitat:

Probably common or even abundant throughout the entire state, but it has never been officially documented from three northeastern counties.

Prefers small quiet ponds but can be found almost everywhere there is water.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 17 May
Late Date: 26 October

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
Click on a thumbnail to view full-size photo

A small blue dragonfly with a white face, a black tip to the abdomen and a black and yellow striped thorax. Females are recognized by the narrow yellow parallel stripes on the abdomen.

New observers often try to turn them into the smaller Elfin Skimmer and Little Blue Dragonlet.

Conservation Status:
State: S5 Demonstrably secure in the state
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range