Other Flying Objects: Blue Dasher

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 31 Jul 2013

The blue dasher is one of the more spectacular dragonflies common in northern New England (and, in fact, most of the eastern US).  I’ve seen them in a variety of environments with nearby slow water and cattails in common.  Here’s a mature male at the pond’s edge:

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher (male)
Shelburne Pond
July, 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO250, handheld

Blue dashers are monotypic- the only species in their genus.  There seems to be quite a bit of variety in their coloration, but I’ve yet to find one that is boring. A young female at a community garden in Burlington:

Blue Dasher (female)

Blue Dasher (female)
Burlington Co-Housing
July, 2013
Tamron AF18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 AF Di II at 129mm, f/20, 1/200s, ISO640, handheld

And, most outrageously patterned and colored, and older female beside a tiny stormwater detention pond:

Blue Dasher (female)

Blue Dasher (female)
Burlington Co-Housing
July, 2013
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO250, handheld

Shelburne Pond

Burlington Co-Housing

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