Male very dark above, with broad brownish-purple stripes on thorax, abdominal segments 9 and 10 blue. Female has blue and brown forms, but in both note wide black shoulder stripes, mostly dark abdomen. See Odonata Central for detailed description.
Texas to Florida, north to Pennsylvania, west through southern Ontario to Minnesota
streams, rivers, sloughs; usually perches on the ground
March to September in the south (October in Florida); June through August in the north
small aquatic insects caught in flight
Oviposit in tandem, in aquatic vegetation or sometimes in wet wood above the water line--an unusual site (1).
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