Dashing in the sun

Blue dashers are medium-sized dragonflies that often perch in a prominent place to watch for intruding male dragonflies or passing insects. A blue dasher will fly from its perch to either chase the male dragonfly or catch and eat the insect. They live in a variety of habitats but most commonly around well-vegetated ponds like the one on Goose Woods Trail at MontourPreserve. Male blue dasher have a bluish abdomen with a black tip, amber patches on their wings and green eyes. Females are brown with yellow striping. This male sat quite still and allowed for a close approach.

Male blue dasher dragonfly on a perch

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