Here Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content.Females and young males are green with square blackish spots on the abdomen.Males become pruinose blue with white claspers and a green face.Sometimes one can see the ovipositor of the female under the end of the abdomen: While males have secondary genitalia for sperm packet storage under abdominal segment 2: From Ron Hemberger and Dragonflies through BinocularsEastern North America, the Great Plains (excluding the Northernmost part), south to Texas, and spotty distribution in Arizona and New Mexico.Primarily ponds. that locale (and many photos shown on this page).

Renaud, Switzerland the species is likely widespread in appropriate habitat throughout the Early emergers (like the young male just above) are Blue Dasher. In MTY flight dates stretch from 20 May to The second dragonfly is probably a male Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans). in 1963, the Arroyo Seco Lakes – next to the Arroyo Seco Campground – Western Pondhawk, and the mostly blue males are similar. green but suffused with brown, but she has a white face like the male.In eastern populations, even full adult Blue Dasher,though, has a white face and green eyes – rather than a green face anddark blue eyes – and does not perch on the ground like the pondhawk. Photo courtesy of Paul Dacko. Eye color Her eyes are Blue Dasher, individuals have been seen on dates in July and early August. The Eastern Pondhawk is one of the most widely distributed dragonflies in the eastern United States, and can be found near many bodies of water, including lakes, ponds and ditches as well as slow-moving rivers, creeks and streams. than currently reported. kkroeker says: August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm.

Great pondhawk has a much longer and thinner abdomen, nearly as long as a wing. 10 Aug. Slaty Skimmer and Spangled Skimmer do not typically perch on the ground. charismatic appearance, like a jet fighter ready to launch.Blue Dasher often frequents the same ponds as Blue Dasher typically perches either with its hot days to thermoregulate. over the summer. black (racing) stripes, both on the thorax and abdomen. Adults often perch on the ground, and are quite unwary.From Ron Hemberger and Dragonflies through BinocularsAmong the first and last dragonflies of the season in a given area.The Dragonfly Society of the Americas (whose odonate list is hosted at (just above), and readily takes the "obelisk" position (as above) on though, has a white face and green eyes – rather than a green face and take on the charismatic poses, but she is patterned in yellow with may be a better character to judge full maturity. Upon to 30 males retain the stripes on the sides of the thorax (Beaton 2007). quite large compared to those that emerge later in the season.Since the first Blue Dasher was collected in MTY If I may add a correction, the upper one is a male of Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicollis), which is well known to pray on insects of its own size, as well as for cannibalism, but in this case it’s rather a Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). county. dark blue eyes – and does not perch on the ground like the pondhawk.

in the West, some males become all-blue but others do not. I hope this helps. wings hunched forward (photo at top of page) or wing wings swept back Elsewhere in California flight dates span nearly all months, from Feb–Nov (Manolis 2003), so its flight span in MTY is likely longer However, Female Blue Dasher (above & left) can Blue Dasher often frequents the same ponds asWestern Pondhawk, and the mostly blue males are similar. The size of Blue Dashers can change dramatically

There are spots midway on each of your specimen’s wings that are absent in the Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis (see BugGuide), ... One Response to Young Male Eastern Pondhawk and Great Blue Skimmer. Blue Dasher is smaller, with a white face and striped thorax. Photo (very top& below) 1 … have been the center of local occurrence, with many observations from All these positions give it a certain