Male and female Blue Dasher dragonflies have bodies approximately 1.25-1.5 inches long and are distinguished from other small blue dragonflies by the last two segments of its body and its appendages being black as well as some duskiness in the coloring of its wings.
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A male Blue Dasher with the slight dark coloring in the wings visible.
A Blue Dasher has blue eyes, a white face, a dark "nose", and a striped thorax.
This juvenile still has some rust color in its eyes.
This male appears to be doing a gymnastic maneuver. It is actually adjusting its body with regards to the sun to regulate its body temperature.
The backside of a Blue Dasher doing that same maneuver.
This Blue Dasher appears to have a kink in its body because it is bent the opposite direction of the two prior photos.
A closer view of the light-colored striped thorax of Blue Dasher.
This youngster is distinct in that he has an extra black segment.
A female Blue Dasher has a striped black and yellow body.
This Blue Dasher impressed me that he could even fly with so much of his wings missing.
All photos © S. M. Garver