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Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis - male

Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis - Male
Granite Basin outside of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
July 13, 2005
Elevation 5,600 Ft (~1,705 m).

This has the face and eyes
of Pachydiplax, and we even think we see some stripes on the side of the thorax. Any memory of the color of the tip of the abdomen? Or what about size? All that blue on the front of the thorax is confusing!

Oh yes, quite right
There was a l o n g time interval between my work with this specimen and posting it to BugGuide. When the time came, I zipped along without consulting my "files" (which I still haven't done).

It would seem that barring on the thorax is rather obscure in this specimen but I know the tip of the abdomen was dark.

I'm sorry for the misidentification and I applaud you for your vigilance and appreciate your courtesy.

I'll re-jigger this and retain the submission as this species has not been recorded in Arizona for BugGuide.

We've gone over every one of the 125 images
of Pachydiplax still in the guide plus all those we have recently Frassed, and we still don't know what to make of this one with the blue and white thorax. It's a mystery to us, but we're glad to have this image on BugGuide. It may help some researcher figure out what is happening with this species out in the southwest there. Thanks for posting this unusual image.

You and I
Seem to share an understanding of and appreciation for the awesome value of BugGuide.

What about pruinescence?

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