Blue Dasher Dragonfly
The Blue Dasher dragonfly, or Pachydiplax longipennis, is found throughout Massachusetts. The male form has blue stripes on a black body, while the female version has yellow stripes on a black body. In both cases the stripes run lengthwise, like stripes on a highway, rather than in rings down the dragonfly. The wings of the blue dasher dragonfly are an open web of lines, with just one colored area at the top outer edge of each of the four wings.
The blue dasher is a type of skimmer dragonfly, meaning it is in the Libellulidae family.
Here's the photo I have of a male blue dasher, This one has as solid blue body, almost a cobalt blue.
This blue dasher dragonfly is a female. It was seen in July, on the bud of a day lily.
These next two images are from a separate blue dasher female dragonfly. Also in July, also on a day lily bud.
Dragonflies in Sutton Massachusetts
Animals and Birds in Sutton Massachusetts
Sutton Massachusetts Photo Collection