Blue Dasher – Male
This shot was taken in my “backyard” at our apartment complex in Memphis, TN perched on a stick on the lake’s edge.

Canon EOS 3oD SLR, 70-200 F.2.8 L with 2X Extender, Handheld…a bit windy out this afternoon, but too lazy on my walk to bring the tripod.

The Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) is a dragonfly of the skimmer family. It is common and widely distributed in the United States.

Although the species name longipennis means “long wings”, the wings are not particularly long. Females do, however, have a short abdomen that makes the wings look longer in comparison.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Pachydiplax
Species: P. longipennis
Binomial name: Pachydiplax longipennis (Burmeister, 1839)


  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleover 5 years ago

    very well captured Lisa
    cheers rick

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A lovely capture!!!!

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenover 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture.

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    great capture

  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelover 5 years ago

    I like the soft tones in here and the clearity is great:)

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 5 years ago

    Superb shot Lisa , beautiful image all over :-)

  • AnnabelHC
    AnnabelHCover 5 years ago

    That’s really very beautiful Lisa. Well done.

  • laurieirene
    laurieireneover 5 years ago

    Beautiful – the softness of the background works really well with the insect

  • Asoka
    Asokaover 5 years ago

    ABSOLUTELY MY FAVORITE (and that includes mine!) DRAGONFLY PHOTO!!!!

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    A lovely image. Barb

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