Pachydiplax longipennis, 16 June 2013

Pachydiplax longipennis, the Blue dasher;
Lowndes county, Georgia (16 June 2013).

If I were a wee insect, this would be the face of terror. Dragonflies are remarkably powerful hunters of their prey. Fortunately, however, I’m a large, lumbering hominid, so the mug of a Blue dasher is far more mesmerizing than it is terrifying. I find dragonflies to be incredibly beautiful little biological machines.

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