Yesterday I encountered this beautiful creature struggling in the deep end of the pool.
Somehow he must have went after a meal already floating in the water and something went wrong.
I believe this to be a male Pachydiplax longipennis, or, Blue Dasher, of the Libellulidae family.
Each of these amazing creatures can consume upwards of 300+ insects in a single day!
It’s nickname: The Blue Pirate!
Ironic I found him…shipwrecked.
(Reference: NWF Field Guide, Insects and Spiders of North America)
I scooped him up into my hand, then he came to, fluttered it’s wings and perched himself on my finger and remained there for the good part of an hour as I tried multiple times to set him upon a bush, he was having none of that.
Finally I placed him on top of one of the umbrellas poolside, where he stayed until I left. At one point I didn’t think he’d make it, but when I left, he was alert, moving, and probably just resting from his near-death experience.
Note: from what I understand, Dragonflies do not sting. They have the ability to bite, but it’s never happened to me personally. (Legal disclaimer: I am not a professional!)
Can’t imagine what that rescue was like?
Me running in slow motion…with my life saving float…red trunks…cool music in the background…
Not even close!! Sorry for the disturbing image. Ha.
Have a great day! Appreciate the little things!