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Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher
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Copyright: Lauren Sobkoviak (Ashrunner) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 19] (76)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-30 19:47
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I originally identified this bug as a Western Pondhawk, or Erythemis collocata. However, I now know it is a Blue Dasher, or Pachydiplax longipennis. This was determined by a closer look of a similar photo which shows the white face typical of the dasher.

This particular individual has an all blue thorax, which is normally brown with yellow stripes in most dasher. Closer examination of this photo will also show the Blue Dasher mark of dark amber colored spots at the base of the wings.

Blue Dashers can be found along the shores of lakes, ponds and some slow moving rivers.

This particular individual was found at Fireman's Pond in Redmond, Oregon. It was in an area of the pond I have nicknamed "Dragonfly Corner."

Thanks goes to Ken52 for his information adding in correcting this identification.

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To Ken52: Pondhawk vs DasherAshrunner 5 08-01 21:41
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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
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Hello Lauren, I think you are correct on your ID. The Blue Dasher also has some amber color in wings. This is nice dragonfly photo. Exposure is good and colors are nice. I think it is sharp enough to stand up to a closer crop. Regards,

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