Blue Dasher on a Lily Bud

Pachydiplax longipennisBlue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis

 

Pointing the abdomen strait up like this is called obelisking. Dragonflies do that on hot days like today. The raised abdomen reduces the surface area so there is less solar gain. I took this picture this afternoon as the Blue Dasher perched on a water lily bud.

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