The Blue Dasher settles on a lotus lily seed pod, taken at Brazos Bend State Park, Texas.
Blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) also called Blue Pirate
Blue dashers are commonly found near ponds, mashes, swamps, and slow moving steams during spring and summer. Males are usually seen near the edges of standing water, while females seem to prefer perching a bit more inland on nearby vegetation. Territorial males spend much of their time chasing each other and displaying their bluish abdomen as a threat, they frequently return to a favorite perch after each sortie. Both males and females perch with their abdomen in the air in the obelisk position. While perched, they hold the wings out for about a second and then snap them downward. Each individual can consume about 300 small insects a day.
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December 8th, 2015
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