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Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis - male

Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis - Male
Desert Botanical Garden, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
May 23, 2004
There were several hanging around the little pond on the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Thanks to Ron Hemberger for correction--see comments. I had misidentified this as a Western Pondhawk.

Moved from Western Pondhawk.
Thanks, Ron, I believe you are correct--I was jumping to conclusions. I guess I was fooled by the lack of black tip to the abdomen and by the lack of amber patch at the base of the hindwings. (Maybe it is just visible.)
I think this one is misplaced, too:

You're welcome, Patrick
I was trying to help on another post - unsuccessfully most likely - and ran across this. Didn't see the other one, but I agree with you.

I'm no expert, but am hopefully gaining some diagnostic skills with a big boost from Cliff and from the Biggs book.

Might this be blue dasher instead?
Teal green/blue eyes with black between them would indicate so. (Reference: Kathy Biggs' Dragonflies of California. She states pondhawk has deep blue eyes and bright green face. But I'm no expert and may be missing something.

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