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Blue Marsh Hawk (male)

Orthetrum glaucum


This dragonfly was medium size (around 4 cm) with an electrical blue body, black eyes and white tail with a blue shading towards black tail.


Thanks to Gordon Dietzman and Sttweets for pointing me in the right ID direction!

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Elsa 9 years ago

Karen, I just saw your comment - though posted a while ago want to say thank you :)

KarenL 10 years ago

Lovely series!

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Great shots Elsa!! you can add this to the new "color blue" mission:

Elsa 10 years ago

Thank you :)

Elsa 10 years ago

Think I finally managed to ID this one!

Elsa 10 years ago

Sounds like I got some work cut out for me then! Thanks for the direction, appreciate it :) - you seem to know a thing or two about dragonflies!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

I'm afraid I can't help too much with the ID either as I'm not acquainted with dragonflies in that part of the world. It is in the family Libellulidae and that is where I'd start an ID search. In addition, it is likely a male as the tail looks like it is pruinose, which is a waxy, bluish coloration that develops on the maturing males of some species. There are about a 1000 species of Libellulidae world-wide, and to ID to the species--with some species--you really need to have the insect in hand and examine the cerci with a hand lens. But I think, with some research, you might have some success with this particular species. Nice photo!

Elsa 10 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion, I will investigate more into actual species :) Appreciate the lead.

sttweets 10 years ago

It's definitely a Chaser, in Europe it would be a broad-bodied one, but I don't think they can be found in the US or in Asia. It has to be some 'local' variety.

Elsa 10 years ago

Thanks Marta, and thanks for ID suggestion Shilo.. I'm missing that gradation in the colouration on the eastern pondhaw though? What'ya think?

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

I have no idea for very pretty, though :-)

Elsa 10 years ago

Now that there's so much action going on here - can someone help me ID this guy?

Elsa 10 years ago

@SteveA Thank you very much for that kind compliment! @Joseph, maybe you can help me ID this guy? Perhaps it was drying its wing? I didn't notice that behaviour until you pointed it out :)

Steve A
Steve A 10 years ago

Love your macro work - Five stars!

Elsa 10 years ago

New photo added to this spotting - ID help would be appreciated!

JosephBullock 10 years ago

One wing up! A new trick in their repertoire?

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Spotted on Mar 8, 2010
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