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Photo#65453
? - Pachydiplax longipennis - female

? - Pachydiplax longipennis - Female
Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA
July 20, 2006
Odd dragon. Never seen one like this before.

Thanks for your help!

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? - Pachydiplax longipennis - female ? - Pachydiplax longipennis - female

Diagnostics
The female Blue Dasher can be ID'd easily by the 2 rows of elongated markings along the top of the abdomen. Males of this species have a medium blue abdomen, black abdomen tip, and blue eyes.

Great photo!

Michelle

Obelisking
I can't tell you what kind of dragonfly it is (some kind of meadowhawk?), but I can tell you why it looks so odd: it's obelisking. That's what dragonflies do to expose as little of their bodies to the sun as possible when they're too hot.

If it were a normal day, it would be holding its abdomen out horizontal behind it, and you'd recognize it as a normal dragonfly.

 
We would say
Pachydiplax longipennis - female - info in the guide here

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