Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blue Dasher

Blue Dashers were also an abundant species that we often encountered during our March Florida journey. We found them at the Sarasota Botanical Gardens on 24 March. The first two photos are of an individual landing on a weed on 23 March at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the Florida Panhandle.  The bottom photo is of an immature male at Harns Marsh, near Corkscrew Swamp, on 25 March.

Blue Dashers may be migratory in parts of their range, but are generally abundant across most of the United States, and are also found south all the way into Central America. They are absent from the northern Rocky Mountains and northwestern Great Plains. I have encountered them both in urban gardens and more wild areas, usually with nearby cattail habitats.

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