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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Order: Odonata (oh-do-NAY-ta) (Info)
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Pachydiplax
Species: longipennis


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Robertsdale, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Belleview, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Galva, Illinois
Park Forest, Illinois
Glouster, Ohio
Grants Pass, Oregon
Conroe, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Spring, Texas
Hatton, Washington
Kalama, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 29, 2009, sadieshae from Conroe, TX wrote:

Can anyone tell me why I have so many of these and the green ones? They don't hang around the front of the house where all the plants are, but in the back which only has grass and very little of that due to the lack of rain this year. And why don't I have all the butterflies I'm so used to seeing everywhere else except here in Texas?


On Sep 5, 2007, Jode from Rowlett, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I agree on being fun to watch!

Most I've seen have been rather friendly and one in particular seemed as though he just wanted his picture taken - he would adjust himself in front of the camera - fluttering away a couple of inches and switching sides - not really bothered by the big lens coming at him each time - he just watched me as I was watching him. CUTE!


On May 27, 2007, fly_girl from The Woodlands, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

They are fun to watch! The males patrol the water, while the female hovers and taps the water with her abdomen, laying eggs.


On Aug 29, 2006, GD_Rankin from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Blue Dasher is very active in my garden this time of year and are a joy to watch. Today was the first time I was able to get close enough to the blue male to get nice photos. There were a few females in the area and he seemed more interested in them than me approaching him with a camera.

There was even a short lived chase from a Cicada Killer Wasp, in which the Blue Dasher quickly left the wasp wondering what she had been chasing.