The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook

Pachydiplax longipennis
"Blue Dasher"

Pachydiplax longipennis " Blue Dasher" of the Family Libellulidae, a swift flyer possessing transparent or slightly smoky wings with a patch of yellow at the extreme base. The abdomen is black but becomes bluish-gray with age. This dragonfly is the only American species of this genus. As adults, the males linger near the water at all times while the females perch on trees off shore, only returning to water when foraging or ovipositing. This species has a common occurrence and is widely distributed throughout the United States. In several counties of New Mexico, this dragonfly can be seen along freshwater springs and sinkholes and also calmer streams. The nymphs are found among the bottom debris of ponds and lakes.

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