One of 24 species in the genus.
Male thorax and abdomen blue. Eyes dark green to black; face black.
Female brown with yellow stripes. Clear wings with brown wing tips.
But watch for young males which have female coloration, but with clear wingtips (and claspers!):
Both genders: stigmas are half-black, half-white.
Eastern U.S. and as far west as Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Well-vegetated ponds and lakes; occasionally slow-moving areas of streams.
Primarily a summer species, but may be present in Spring and Fall as well.