Blue dashers are found throughout Florida, including the Keys and Dry Tortugas, all of the United States, southern Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Bahamas.
Pachydiplax longipennis are small to medium sized, 25-44 mm (1 to 1-3/4 in.) long and abundant. Mature males have a white face, metalic green eyes turning bluish with age and a black and yellow striped thorax. The abdomen is pale blue, tapered, with a black tip. Females and juveniles have a black abdomen with two interrupted yellow stripes and red-brown eyes.
Can be seen in flight at any time of the year.
Blue dasher is one of the subjects of the "Pretty Little Dragonflies" blog post.
Pachydiplax longipennis is a member of the Libellulidae - Skimmers family.
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BugGuide page for this species
Date record last modified: Sep 24, 2021