All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Blue Dasher Dragonfly</strong>
<em>Pachydiplax longipennis</em>

I found this dragonfly at the pond at Haw Ridge. Like all insects, the eyes on a dragonfly are compound. The 50,000 individual eyes make up much of their head so they can see t...
Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Pachydiplax longipennis

I found this dragonfly at the pond at Haw Ridge. Like all insects, the eyes on a dragonfly are compound. The 50,000 individual eyes make up much of their head so they can see their prey in nearly all directions. They are sometimes referred to as "mosquito hawks" because they catch the insects in midair; they can fly at speeds up to 35 mph.

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