The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2019 = 161

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Little Blue Dragonlet   Blue Corporal   Eastern Pondhawk   Swift Setwing  
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mapClick on county for list of all its records for Blue Dasher
distribution Statewide, occurring in all 100 counties.
abundance Abundant throughout. This is arguably the most numerous dragonfly in NC (and the eastern United States), possibly even outnumbering the ubiquitous Eastern Pondhawk.
flight Throughout most of the odonate flight season. Downstate, from late March or early April to late October, rarely to late November. In the mountains, from late April to late October.
habitat A wide range of still water, from ponds, lakes, ditches, canals, pools, and marshes; occasionally in slow-moving portions of rivers or creeks.
behavior Males are frequently seen perching on twigs or herbaceous vegetation along the margin of a pond, making short forays over the water for patrolling purposes. Both sexes feed well away from water, especially females. They perch conspicuously, typically within 3-4' of the ground, in fields, powerline clearings, savannas, and many other places, both in full sun or partial shade.
comments For many species of skimmers, pennants, and other members of the Family Libellulidae, an observer hopes to find a given species by walking along the shoreline of a still body of water. This is seldom a problem with finding Blue Dashers, as every pond seems to have a dozen or more individuals, often equaling or exceeding the number of all other dragonflies of other species! Total numbers of Blue Dashers in NC must total in the tens of millions.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Blue Dasher

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka and party.

Comment: Avery, 2019-05-21, Pond on private property that adjoins the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Avery County. - Both sexes, including mating pair.
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Mitchell, 2019-05-16, Living Waters Campground, Glen Ayre. - at ponds.
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-02, Tanglewood Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers. Note the parasite load on the thorax. water mites
Photo by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Catawba, 2018-06-24, Small vegetated pond at Jacob Fork Park, Newton, 36.633532,-81.311931
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2018-06-22, Moore\'s Swamp at Bennett Farm Road bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Chowan River at Edenhouse Bridge Boating Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Perquimans, 2018-06-09, Perquimans River at NC 37 bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - ponds near park office
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Clay, 2018-05-12, Beaver pond Buck Creek Road - Male
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Beaufort, 2017-08-04, Palmetto Boardwalk, Goose Creek State Park (GOCR)
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Tyrrell, 2017-08-04, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Wayne, 2017-08-01, Neuse River, Seven Springs Boating Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, Little Glade Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bertie, 2017-06-16, Boardwalk along Cashie River, Windsor
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-06-04, Carrier Park, Asheville - Male
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Burke; P, 2017-06-04, Johns River Boating Access, north of Morganton
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo by: Paul Hart

Comment: Harnett; P, 2017-05-26, Raven Rock State Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-28, Haywood Landing and Weetock Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Robeson, 2017-04-12, at WRC put in on river 34.591680, -78.983892 - sunning along forest edge
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2016-06-13, Tulula Wetlands - female obelisking
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-08-28, Shelter Creek by kayak, from Shelter Creek Boating Access to about 2 km downstream
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Cumberland, 2015-08-23, Jessups Mill Pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Sampson, 2015-08-23, Black River by kayak from Ivanhoe Boating Access to 0.5 km upstream of Dr Kerr Rd bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2015-08-15, Northeast Cape Fear River by kayak, between Wayne
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-08-01, Lake Waccamaw State Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Boiling Spring Lakes - at North Lake Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake)
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2015-07-08, Mattamuskeet NWR
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2015-06-14, Boyd Lee Park
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary - Multiple individuals seen and not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-07, Alligator River NWR Charles Kuralt Trail - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Scuppermong Interpretive Boardwalk; numerous individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2014-09-18, retention pond, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2014-09-16, Retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville,NC
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: New Hanover, 2013-04-25, Carolina Beach state park
Photo by: Nancy Cowal

Comment: McDowell; M, 2012-08-31, Old Fort / submitted by Vin Stanton - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male & Female
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2012-07-16, UNC Botanical Garden
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-06-08, Leach pond, close to Sandy Mush Gamelands
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2011-09-13, Coastal Carolina Community College
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College - M& F seen
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College - M& F seen
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-07, Imaged at Fletcher Park - M& F seen
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2011-06-02, Lochmere Golf Course, Female with mites
Photo by: Deb O'Neill

Comment: Watauga, 2010-07-06,
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-06-06, Lochmere Golf Course, Female
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2010-05-28, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-05-08, Lochmere Golf Course, Male
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-05-04, - Leicester patch
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-04, all sightings from Riverbend Park - two individuals one each side of of our 3/4 acre pond
Photo by: Ted WIlcox

Comment: 06/25/05 ? Ashe County, NC ? female
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2005-06-11, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area near point 36.24414; 081.62866
Photo by: Matt Windsor

Comment: Jockey's Ridge State Park, 2006-07-01, male
Photo by: Randy Newman

Comment: Fort Macon State Park, 2003-08-25, female
Photo by: Betty Anderson

Comment: WB Umstead State Park, 2004-05-24, male
Photo by: Scott Hartley

Comment: Weymouth Woods-SNP, 2005-08-01, female