Pachydiplax longipennis - Blue Dasher (Juvenile, Female)
I was out mowing the grass this morning when I noticed this dragonfly sitting on the tree branch in the front yard. After several minutes of her not moving anywhere I thought, "I better grab the camera!"
Luckily, she was patient enough to allow me to get a few shots of her before she flew off in search of other bugs to eat.
This is a juvenile, female Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). Females are distinguished from males by their coloring and more specifically in this case, juvenile females can be identified by their half red/brown, half blue eyes.
Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, wasps, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Some 5680 different species of dragonflies are known in the world today.