Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Blue Dasher

Pachydiplax longipennis

Burmeister, 1839

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The adult male Blue Dasher has a white face, green eyes and a black and yellow striped thorax. The abdomen is pale blue with a dark tip. The wings may be streaked or tinted with brown. The female thorax and abdomen are black with yellow stripes.

Very common. This is a transcontinental species mainly absent from theGreat Basin, so Nebraska is on the northern and western edge of the range. It is missing from two far western counties and difficult to find in theother western counties. It is found in a variety of pond situations fromirrigation sumps to large ponds, but it is partial to cattail edges and/orbrush.

Blue Dasher
Blue Dasher male

Size: 28-45 mm (1.1-1.8 in)

Habitat: ponds and marshes: still waters

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: mid May to mid September

Blue Dasher map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


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