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Little Blue Dragonfly - Pachydiplax longipennis - male

Little Blue Dragonfly - Pachydiplax longipennis - Male
Encino, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 4, 2007
Size: 1-2" long
I've been seeing this for a week or so- always flying away- but today it was very cooperative. I was able to take images from several angles so close I had to be careful not to bump it with the lens. At one point it turned to face me- but stayed put.

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Little Blue Dragonfly - Pachydiplax longipennis - male Little Blue Dragonfly - Pachydiplax longipennis - male Little Blue Dragonfly - Pachydiplax longipennis - male

What a beauty
This one is clearly Pachydiplax longipennis, male. Has most of the right characteristics, but it doesn't seem to have much amber in the wings, nor are the last few abdominal segments dark. Nonetheless, it is Pachydiplax! Two inches seems a little large to us (unless that's the wingspan) but Ron says you guys grow 'em big out there!

 
Thanks!
Size was a guesstimate, probably on the large size

 
Definite ID
John and Jane you are spot on again. The California males usually lack the amber at HW base, plus the southwestern arid boys will have the whole abdomen blue and the dark markings on the thorax will become pruinose blue. Re: "Dragonflies through Binoculars" noted variations, pgs 210 & 211.

Rod

 
Thanks, Rod, for pointing out these differences
Some info is the same as Kathy Biggs' recent book, some not.

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